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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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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?

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

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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?

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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Been taking oral contraceptive pill for 2yrs now. I decided to take it for long term now. Is it bad?

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

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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?

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

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Do you really need to take oral contraceptive pills every night or depends on what particular time you started taking it? I took it 2:33 pm. Is it ok

For the most: Effectiveness bc pills should be taken at the same time every day, it can be off by 1-2 hrs, if occasionally it is off by more than that usually it should be ok, if u miss an entire day, take 2 the next day and use backup birth control the rest of that cycle. ...Read more

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Does Ginkgo Biloba affect the oral contraceptive pill?

Does Ginkgo Biloba affect the oral contraceptive pill?

Not studied: 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

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Why is an IUD more effective than an oral contraceptive?

Why is an IUD more effective than an oral contraceptive?

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

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Is it ok to take nyquil while on aubra (oral contraceptive)?

Is it ok to take nyquil while on aubra (oral contraceptive)?

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

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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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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?

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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Is an oral contraceptive for lactating women?

Is an oral contraceptive for lactating women?

"Mini pill": The mini pill, Progesterone only, (no estrogen) is generally used during breast feeding. It's been shown to be both safe and effective. ...Read more

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What is an oral contraceptive for lactating women?

What is an oral contraceptive for lactating women?

Progestin Only: Progestin-only oral contraceptives are safe for use by breast-feeding mothers. Jolivette, Micronor, (norethindrone) and Ovrette to name afew. ...Read more

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Birth Control (Definition)

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