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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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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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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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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

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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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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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What is the combined oral contraceptive pill?

What is the combined oral contraceptive pill?

Combination OC: It refers to the 'usual' kinds of birth control pills; those containing both estrogen (17-beta estradiol) and a synthetic progestin. Non-combination pills (used to be called a mini-pill) contain progestin only. ...Read more

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What oral contraceptive requires 2 pills per day?

What oral contraceptive requires 2 pills per day?

Don't know any: Not sure of any "daily use" pills that use a 2 pill a day dosing, although it might be recommended by a doctor for a specific reason in a special case. ...Read more

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When will you stop taking oral contraceptive pills?

?: Whenever you want to stop taking birth control pills you can. You won't be protected from getting pregnant. If you don't want to get pregnant and you don't like taking birth control pills there are other birth control methods. ...Read more

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How are you supposed to get the oral contraceptive pill?

How are you supposed to get the oral contraceptive pill?

From your doctor: Your obgyn should do an exam and pap and possible cultures on you and check your blood pressure and make sure you have no contraindications for the pill and then in my pts., I give them some samples, explain everything and write them a perscription for it. ...Read more

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Hi Do men take Oral Contraceptive Pills Aswell Thank You?

Hi Do men take Oral Contraceptive Pills Aswell Thank You?

Transgendered: There is nothing in your file to indicate why a man would want to take oral contraceptives. Are you asking because you are transgendered and want to change genders? If you are not asking because you want to become a female then the answer is no. There is no reason to take estrogen and progresterones if you are a man. Birth control pills would not be used in a man. ...Read more

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Can oral contraceptive not be taken for more than three months?

Can oral contraceptive not be taken for more than three months?

Confusing question: You can stop oral contraceptives as you wish. However, if you want to avoid pregnancy, abstain or practice another form of birth control. If you chose to restart the pill, seek the guidance of your doc when you do. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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