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No: Hairy leukoplakia, sometimes called oral hairy leukoplakia, results from infection with the epstein-barr virus (ebv). Once you've been infected with ebv, the virus remains in your body for life. Normally, the virus is dormant, but if your immune system is weakened, either from disease or certain medications, the virus can become reactivated, leading to conditions such as hairy leukoplakia. ...Read more
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
No: It would not change the effectiveness of the pill. ...Read more
No: Vitamins will not affect the pill.Get a more detailed answer ›
I just switched to nuvaring from oral combination birth control pills. How long will it take for the nuvaring to prevent pregnancy?
No waiting: If you switched straight from the pills to the ring without missing any active pills or being late starting the ring, there should be no waiting period. ...Read more
Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion?
BCP swelling: 25 F Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion? ANS: They do not cause swelling. You are probably eating way too much salt. Unless you have been pregnant and have varicose veins or are taking CCBs for hi BP.. ...Read more
Can oral birth control pills permanently affect a womans fertility after stopping it? My wife still hasn't had a normal period months after stopping.
No, not at all: The oral contraceptive pills will not change your fertility as this is an old myth from the days when the higher dose pills were used extensively. Patients who had irregular anovulatory menstrual flows were often placed on the pill to "regulate" their cycles as young women. Then when it was stopped to get pregnant, their periods went back to their previous irregularity and the pill was "blamed". ...Read more
I am on birth control pills (trinessa)and was interested in starting oil pulling for my oral health. Could this affect my birth control effectiveness?
No: This will not affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. Know also that pills are not 100% effective, though. ...Read more
Would taking AZO Yeast, oral homeopathic medicine to prevent/relieve symptoms of yeast infections, decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills?
Birth control pills: There are many types and doses of birth control pills. If one is not working well for you after three months, few side effects, talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation or type of administration. There are also patches and rings which have the same medication but bypass the stomach and less problems with nausea. ...Read more
Hard to say: The pill is taken once each day. If someone is taking more than that they may experience side effects. They should see their doctor. ...Read more
By definition=none: The usual pill prevents egg release. No egg=no pregnancy=no abortion. The morning after pill can change the mucous in the womb so a fertilized egg doesn't attach & form a pregnancy. If you think you are pregnant from the point of conception, it is not really a fact. As many as 1/3 shed naturally before attaching. Abortions by definition occur after attachment. So no pill does it. ...Read more
Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, and for such an important med it's an unacceptable risk to take expired pills. ...Read more
How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall. ...Read more
Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one. ...Read more
95-99%: Depending on the pill type, most oral contraceptives are effective in the high 90's percentages. However, it also depends on compliance by the user - miss doses and efficacy quickly drops. While 99% sounds pretty good, that still means about 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year, and if you are that 1 pregnancy, you may not be very happy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence. ...Read more
Not as well: Studies are ongoing to develop a pill to supress sperm production in men. Preventing one ovulation a month appears to be much easier than preventing the formation of hundreds of millions of sperm cells over the same period. I don't think men are going to be quite as motivated to take the pill every day as women are. ...Read more
U need to see a heal: Health care provider either a board certified gyn or a clinic like planned parethood, u need an exam and pap and make sure you are a candidate for the pills and have no contraindiciations, and I always give my patients free samples to start out with if I have the kind that they need and then they will write u a script for u to get the pills at the pharmacy or mail order pharm. ...Read more