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Oral Contraceptive Medication
I have been diagnosed with pcos and have been taking oral contraceptives as medication. Please let me know if these pills are causing any increase in triglyceride levels in my body. I have 296 mg/dl.?
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
Took oral contraceptive on my 2nd day aftr menses and I wason isotretinion drug for last 20days. Periods late by 13day not pregnant. Plz tel me solution?
Good news: Good news that you're not pregnant while taking isotretinoin. Many doctors will recommend (2) forms of birth control while on drugs like that. If you're not pregnant and you haven't missed a pill, then you're likely okay. Could be your period is late due to lining of uterus being thin secondary to oral contraceptive use. See a doctor for blood test to confirm no pregnant, discuss lack of period. ...Read more
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
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
No: Grapefruit does not make oral contraceptives less effective ...Read more
Extended cycle pills: Many women do this in order to skip a period. It's perfectly safe. ...Read more
Been taking oral contraceptive pill for 2yrs now. I decided to take it for long term now. Is it bad?
No: But there are other long term contraceptives including shots, implantable contraceptives, IUD's, individual diaphragms, etc. You can read up on them and discuss them with your OB. ...Read more
I've taken 2 tablets of oral contraceptive tonight since I remembered I forgot taken the previous just in time for my new dose. Is it ok?
YES: However, you may experience some mild spotting or bleeding. Please just keep taking your pills and proceed to your next pack when finished. ...Read more
This is not in the standard pharmacopia of MD science, so it would be hard to answer that question.
To avoid any unknown interaction it is best not to use it in conjunction. ...Read more
No remembering!: The majority of oral contraception failures are due to incorrect use. You forget to take the pill. You get sick and throw it up. You take an herb or antibiotic that interferes with the pill's action, etc. IUDs remove the human factor. In addition, they are positioned in the uterus where they can have a dramatic effect without the side-effects a pill would have to get the same result. ...Read more
Very little interact: Interaction. They can be used together. Dextromethorphan, an ingredient in many cold medicines as a weak narcotic cough suppressant (weak enough that it is sold over the counter!) suppresses liver metabolism of drugs and INCREASES their levels. More drug. Not going to make it work less. But these effects are small even compared to the difference in drug concentration from people's sizes. ...Read more
No: Prescription only.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I take a break in the middle of my oral contraceptive pill if I have taken 2 packs in a row, with out a break between them?
Been on the oral contraceptive since I was 15, I am 22 now. I recently started my new month supply of pills and am menstruating again? What do I do?
Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more
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