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Low Dose Birth Control Pills
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do low dose birth control pills kill fertilized eggs if were to happen? And do regular pills also do that? Any that dont?
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.
Are low dose birth control pills less effective than high dose ones? (i was switched to junel fe 1/20 after having problems with a higher dose pill)
When can I start having sex while on a low dose birth control pills; does it work with the first pill or do I have to take a few pills then have sex?
Lst day: You are protected from the first pill if you start to take it when you are supposed to. ...Read more
I am 35 years old and have uterine cervical stenosis. Will taking very low dose birth control pills make the stenosis worse over time?
What are names of ultra low dose birth control pills? Will they stop the bleeding from coming off the Depo-Provera shot?
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
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