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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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


Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How do you know if you are taking a strong enough dose of an oral contraceptive?

How do you know if you are taking a strong enough dose of an oral contraceptive?

FDA approved: Only very low doses of hormones are needed for effective prevention of pregnancy in oral contraceptive pills. All of the brands that are fda (food & drug administration) approved in the us are at an adequate dose to be effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Karsant Dr. Karsant
Dentistry
35 years in practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Is it appropriate to prescribe oral contraceptive for boys w/acne? Instead of systemic antibiotics in an effort to limit abx use for social good.

Is it appropriate to prescribe oral contraceptive for boys w/acne? Instead of systemic antibiotics in an effort to limit abx use for social good.

No oral: Contraceptive for boys. It would be a bad idea to give oral contraceptive to a boy and it is likely to make acne worse any way. If the acne is bad, please see a doctor. If you are a first year student, talk to a dermatologist at your school. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith Dr. Coulter-Smith
Obstetrics & Gynecology
28 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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I have 2 uterine fibroids. My dr. Prescribed oral contraceptives. This month i didn't get my period and have been havi g a lot of yellow discharge. Is fibroid causing?

I have 2 uterine fibroids. My dr. Prescribed oral contraceptives. This month i didn't get my period and have been havi g a lot of yellow discharge. Is fibroid causing?

No: The fibroids do not, except on rare occasions cause discharge. Some women get a discharge from the birth control pill and some pill users skip periods. The fibroids also do not cause missing periods but may lead to an increase in menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Treating Oral Thrush (Checklist)

Dab Nystatin liquid onto the oral thrush, if approved by the doctor
4x day
Sterilize bottles, nipples, and pacifiers in boiling water
2x week
Look for thrush on the baby's inner cheeks and gums
2x week
Dr. Marisa Johnson Dr. Johnson
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Hi. Is it ok to use an oral contraceptive and tisane de durbon together?

Hi. Is it ok to use an oral contraceptive and tisane de durbon together?

Yes: Tisane de durbon is commonly used as a laxative and to rid the body of impurities. It is purported to be a natural blood cleanser and purifier and is believed to help in allergies, digestive disorders, skin ailments, and weigh gain. There should be no interaction with your ocp. ...Read more

Dr. Elaine Melamud Dr. Melamud
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
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My gynae says oral contraceptive have to be stopped after 3 months. Temporary soln and should be avoided. Only condom can b used lng term. Is it true?

My gynae says oral contraceptive have to be stopped after 3 months. Temporary soln and should be avoided. Only condom can b used lng term. Is it true?

No: Unless you have contraindications to being on birth control ( in which case you shouldn't take them at all) you can remain on birth control as long as you need it. There is no limit to how long you may stay on it. It's always a good idea to use condoms for std protection. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Vakas Sial Dr. Sial
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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How quick do oral contraceptives work?

How quick do oral contraceptives work?

Within a few days: They should start hormonal changes after taking and should be effective within a few days. Please see your doctor before proceeding with the use of oral contraceptives and to discuss the risks further. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is safe to have oral contraceptives by a women who is a hypothyroid?

Is safe to have oral contraceptives by a women who is a hypothyroid?

Yes, : But you should have already been on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement to normalize your thyroid levels. If not, see your doctor to get it done. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Which has least side effect? Oral contraceptives or patch?

Which has least side effect? Oral contraceptives or patch?

Same : These are very similar products and they both contain hormones. The side effects are very similar. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Side effects of oral contraceptives?

Side effects of oral contraceptives?

Rare: Most women do very well on birth control pills with few side effects. Breast tenderness, nausea and break through bleeding are rare now with lower dose pills and usually these side effects go away over time. Other side effects include mood changes and vaginal dryness. If these happen, talk to your doctor who can often make an adjustment in the pill you're taking. Other serious effects are rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Are the long term side effects know after 10 years using levetiracetam? Can levetiracetam cause health problems while taking oral contraceptive pill?

Are the long term side effects know after 10 years using levetiracetam? Can levetiracetam cause health problems while taking oral contraceptive pill?

See below: Fortunately, Levetiracetam is not metabolized through the liver, and is unlikely to interact with your ocp's. So far, there is very little to suggest long-term chronic issues on your med, and so i find no reason to have concerns regarding your future. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hutchinson Dr. Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
30 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Does sinutab or mefenamic acid interact with althea ( oral contraceptive pill)?

No: Neither of those medications will interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pill. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Varady Dr. Varady
Family Medicine
years in practice
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How much time after i take my oral contraceptive pill may i take my amoxicillin?

Better safe then sor: Certain antibiotics may effect the efficacy of your birth control pill. Best to use a second means of contraction, (condom), while taking antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. David Kurss Dr. Kurss
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Is there a oral contraceptive substitute?

Is there a oral contraceptive substitute?

Yes: If you need birth control but prefer to avoid a daily pill, a nuvaring, iud, Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot, nexplanon, essure are all good options. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Most popular brand of oral contraceptive?

Most popular brand of oral contraceptive?

Popular bcps: There are so many "popular" brands. There are geographic differences with some brands more popular in certain location than others. Depending on marketing, word of mouth, provider familiarity, price and availability. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


Ortho Tri Cyclen (Definition)

Ethinyl estradiol|norgestimate is a single phase contraceptive which is a kind of oral contraceptive (women's ...Read more