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Emergency Contraceptive Vs. Birth Control
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
Can you use Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills as emergency contraception?
Yes: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www.Not-2-late.Com . If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to use birth control pill yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) as emergency contraceptive?
Same: These are different brand names for Norethindrone 35 mcg, which is a Progesterone only pill for contraception. The rate of failure when used perfectly (no missed pills) is about 1 in 200 in the first year compared to a rate of about 1/1000 with birth control pills that contain estrogen and progesterone. More effective Progesterone only contraceptive choices are the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud or implanon. ...Read more
Might: Birth control pills generally work by keeping a constant level of hormone in the system to convince the body it is pregnant, and not ovulate. Skipping or missing an active hormone pill (not the dummy pills) could allow the hormone level to drop enough to allow ovulation. It probably doesn't happen often, but could. Using additional birth control would be a good idea. ...Read more
Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, and for such an important med it's an unacceptable risk to take expired pills. ...Read more
Yes: Lo-ovral (norgestel/ethinyl estradiol) has a good track record and has been used successfully for many years by many women. Like any ocp, cardiovascular side effects are increased with any smoking so use a different form of birth control for any amount of cigarette/tobacco/smoking use. ...Read more
BCP stop fertility: If you start bcp's at the beginning of your menses it is most unlikely that you won't ovulate that cycle. Because there is a 5-10% chance that you may still ovulate the first cycle it is wise to use a backup contraceptive like foam and condoms the first month. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more
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