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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. Shari Jackson
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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 safe is it to take oral contraceptives?

How safe is it to take oral contraceptives?

Very safe: Assuming that one is in good health, doesn't smoke over the age of 35, has no risk of leg/lung clots, the pill is quite safe - even safer than pregnancy. ...Read more

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How often does oral contraceptives fail?Why ?

Rarely: When they do fail it is most commonly due to "operator error", which means the person forgot to take the pill correctly. There are also other uncommon causes for failure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between oral contraceptives?

What is the difference between oral contraceptives?

Varies: Different components, hormones, and strengths. Your doctor will choose which is best for you. ...Read more

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Are Continuous Cycle Oral Contraceptives dangerous ?

Are Continuous Cycle Oral Contraceptives dangerous ?

No more than cyclic : Taking OC's continuously poses no more danger than taking them in a cyclic fashion. Most women eventually have some irregular bleeding when they use them continuously. I recommend taking a 4 day break every 3-4 months at a convenient time to try to prevent this. The OC's must be monophasic- all the same dose. They must be taken continuously for at least 21 days- then they can be stopped anytime. ...Read more

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Oral contraceptives. How many years can I take them?

Oral contraceptives. How many years can I take them?

Birth control pills: Birth control pills can be taken as long as you have risk of getting pregnant.But as you get older your risk og forming clot increases especially if you smoke.So if you smoke or if yoy have family history of clots in legs or lung.You should use a dofferent method of birth control after age og 35. ...Read more

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What medicines reduce effect of oral contraceptives?

What medicines reduce effect of oral contraceptives?

Many: Several antibiotics and even some cold medicatins can potentially do this. Best advice...Use condoms too when on other medications, especially prescriptions usless your gyn evaluates them and gives the ok to use pills alone. ...Read more

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What age group are oral contraceptives most effective?

What age group are oral contraceptives most effective?

Preteen through: adulthood; however, pills are not 100% certain: you should always use condoms plus or with spermicidal gel or foam. ...Read more

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Which oral contraceptives have pills to shorten your cycle?

Which oral contraceptives have pills to shorten your cycle?

Pill shorten cycle: Why do you want to shrten the cycle.If your question is to shorten the period when you are bleeding. Most of the birth control pills shorten your periods.Chose a pill with low estrogen and modified progestin, or take no period pills. ...Read more

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What are the health risks associated with oral contraceptives?

What are the health risks associated with oral contraceptives?

Minimal: Main risks are blood clots in the leg or lung and stroke. All very very uncommon. Main benefits are good, safe, reliable contraception, shorter/lighter periods, less pms and cramping, regular menses, reduced ovary and uterine cancer, less anemia. ....Overall benefits far outweigh the risks. ...Read more

Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more