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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

All are: There are no high dose birth control pills, all are low dose. Some are lower then others but none are high dose. The different doses amount to a marketing gimmick to make one pill a little different from another. There are very low dose pills that have much less estrogen than the average pill - there is no particular benefit to those pills and most of them have more BTB and more pregnancies. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

No more than 2-3 lbs: Typically long term weight gain is not associated with low dose birth control pills. Upon starting a new pill there may be temporary fluid retention resulting in a 2-3 lb weight gain throught the first 2 to 3 packs of pills. This usually abates with long term use. ...Read more

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What should I do if I take low dose birth control pills and I bleed in the middle of my cycle?

What should I do if I take low dose birth control pills and I bleed in the middle of my cycle?

Change pills: The average dose of estrogen in most pills is equivalent to 30 or 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol. The "low dose" pills have only 15 to 20 micrograms - sometimes they are better tolerated in regard to nausea and headaches, but the downside is that there is a much greater frequency of breakthrough bleeding. There is also a greater risk of pregnancy. You should discuss a change with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do low dose birth control pills kill fertilized eggs if were to happen? And do regular pills also do that? Any that dont?

Do low dose birth control pills kill fertilized eggs if were to happen? And do regular pills also do that? Any that dont?

No, they don't: Birth control prevents ovulation from even occuring . If you were to have a fertilized egg then started taking birth control it would not kill it. ...Read more

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I've been on trial sprintec low dose birth control pills for over 1 year now. I am protected all the time? I had unprotected sex for the 1st time.

I've been on trial sprintec low dose birth control pills for over 1 year now. I am protected all the time? I had unprotected sex for the 1st time.

Yes: If you are taking the pills correctly you have an approx 99% protection rate from pregnancy. The only thing that is 100% is never having sex. Birth control pills offer no protection from STD's. ...Read more

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What are names of ultra low dose birth control pills? Will they stop the bleeding from coming off the Depo-Provera shot?

What are names of ultra low dose birth control pills? Will they stop the bleeding from coming off the Depo-Provera shot?

Low dose estrogen: The ultra low dose pills contain very low levels of hormones. I would not recommend them to stop irregular bleeding from Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Please see your physician to make sure the bleeding is not from other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more