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I've been bleeding solidly for last 10 weeks. I'm not pregnant, and am taking contraceptive pill. Really worried. What might cause this?

I've been bleeding solidly for last 10 weeks. I'm not pregnant, and am taking contraceptive pill. Really worried. What might cause this?

See Doctor ASAP!: If your having vaginal bleeding (not just spotting) everyday for the past 10 weeks, despite being on birth control pills, my first concern is that you may have become anemic (low blood count). This can be be very dangerous, so please go see your clinician asap. They can perform a vaginal and pelvic exam, lab tests, an ultrasound, +/- a biopsy to rule out a hormonal, anatomic or infectious cause. ...Read more

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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I want to know if precome can me pregnant 2 days after taking a contraceptive pill when I hv sex?

I want to know if precome can me pregnant 2 days after taking a contraceptive pill when I hv sex?

Anything is possible: As there is limited data bout the efficacy of emergency contraception used 48 hours prior to a possible sperm exposure. If you find that you are contemplating using emergency contraception frequently, you should review with your doctor about a regular form of birth control. ...Read more

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Been taking contraceptive pill for nearly 2 months. Am I fully protected from pregnancy? I take it at same time each day!

Been taking contraceptive pill for nearly 2 months. Am I fully protected from pregnancy? I take it at same time each day!

You should be: Usually hormonal contraceptives begin working within a week. Hormone levels are then high enough to suppress ovulation. However, even if used perfectly, (as it seems you are doing), contraceptives are not 100% effective. To be absolutely safe, use a backup method like male/female condoms, cervical caps, or vaginal sponges. You should always use condoms to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant during the 22nd-28th day if using a 21 day contraceptive pill?

Is it possible to get pregnant during the 22nd-28th day if using a 21 day contraceptive pill?

Unlikely: Very unlikely. While no day in one's cycle is 100% 'safe' it's very unlikely on the days that you describe.... Especially if you haven't missed any pills. The chances of pregnancy when one uses the pill perfectly over the course of 1 year is around 4% or 4 out of 100 women will become pregnant on the pill using it perfectly. If you're worried, can always use a 2nd method like condom. Best luck. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 year old and I have m.S. I came off the contraceptive pill a month ago as trying to get pregnant but nothing happening yet, is this normal?

I'm a 25 year old and I have m.S. I came off the contraceptive pill a month ago as trying to get pregnant but nothing happening yet, is this normal?

Yes: While fertility resumes after discontinuation of birth control pills, it may take some time to achieve pregnancy. If you have not conceived after 12 months of actively trying, speak with your physcian. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant on the contraceptive pill if a boy cums in you?

Can you get pregnant on the contraceptive pill if a boy cums in you?

Yes: No birth control method is 100% effective. Birth control pills have a fairly good effectiveness but even they are not perfect. The only way to absolutely be sure of not getting pregnant is to not have any sexual activity. Otherwise, there is always some level of risk. ...Read more

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What is the chance of pregnancy from only half dosage of contraceptive pill?

What is the chance of pregnancy from only half dosage of contraceptive pill?

Can't estimate: I can't estimate, but if you take the leftover half with the next dose, it should work as supposed. ...Read more

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Should I still be protected from pregnancy during the 7 day break in my contraceptive pill?

Yes, but...: You will be protected from pregnancy during the 7 day break in the contraceptive pills, but there is data showing some cysts and hormone production is initiated b/c of the 7-day pill-free interval, and the newer pills have a shortened pill-free interval, and those pills report having decreased rates of ovarian cyst formation, and possibly decreased failure rates of the pill. ...Read more

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I took my microgynon contraceptive pill but I was sick an hour later, I didn't take my next pill for another 24 hours as usual. Could I be pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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I have taken contraceptive pill 3 times, will it effect my ovaries or won't I get chance to get pregnant?

No: There is no significant evidence in studies done over the past 20 years that would indicate oral contraceptives impare conception or ovulation. On the contrary, many women with irregular menses and ovulation become regular after a course of oc therapy. ...Read more

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Will I get pregnant from having unprotected sex even if I have been using a contraceptive pill for 9 days already?

Will I get pregnant from having unprotected sex even if I have been using a contraceptive pill for 9 days already?

Possibly: Whenever birth control pills are not taken as directed, there is a risk that they won't work and result in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I took an emergency contraceptive pill today, because my boyfriend came inside of me last night, is pregnancy still a possibility?

I took an emergency contraceptive pill today, because my boyfriend came inside of me last night, is pregnancy still a possibility?

Yes: Hopefully the emergency contraceptive will work, but no treatment is 100% effective. Time will tell.
I expect that from now on, you and your boyfriend will take precautions before engaging in sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant if I start to drink the contraceptive pill a week after we had an intercourse?

Can I get pregnant if I start to drink the contraceptive pill a week after we had an intercourse?

?????: You state you are a male so you cannot get pregnant. ANS a male should not be taking birth control pills. A female can get pregnant as the birth control pill started 1 week after intercourse does not prevent pregnancy. If intercourse took place during the fertile time mid cycle then a female can get pregnant. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex, and used pull out method, then 30 hours later I used an emergency contraceptive pill. Could I be pregnant?

I had unprotected sex, and used pull out method, then 30 hours later I used an emergency contraceptive pill. Could I be pregnant?

Pregnancy Risk: Levonogestrel pills, including the brands Plan B One-Step and Next Choice One Dose, are up to 89 percent effective when taken within 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex. They can reduce chance of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours. ...Read more

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I think that I am pregnant but my belly is soft and I took perle ld contraceptive pill and it says that it should not be taken if pregnant?

I think that I am pregnant but my belly is soft and I took perle ld contraceptive pill and it says that it should not be taken if pregnant?

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. In minutes you will have your answer. If you are already pregnant then taking birth control pills is not appropriate. ...Read more

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I had a medical abortion on thursday 10th jan. I took my contraceptive pill on saturday 20th jan and had unprotected sex could I be pregnant?

I had a medical abortion on thursday 10th jan. I took my contraceptive pill on saturday 20th jan and had unprotected sex could I be pregnant?

Pregnancy risk: It sounds like a low risk of pregnancy but not zero. Some women can ovulated very quickly after having a termination of pregnancy. Less than 2 weeks would be very fast but not unheard of. The dates are a bit puzzling because today is january 20th a monday. ...Read more

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Can I give my wife a contraceptive pill before sex and a plan-b after sex to be sure she won't get pregnant 100%? Is it safe for her to get both pills

Can I give my wife a contraceptive pill before sex and a plan-b after sex to be sure she won't get pregnant 100%? Is it safe for her to get both pills

Redundant: If she is taking her contraceptive pills daily, her ovulation should be suppressed. There is a failure rate, but Plan B works by the same method. If you are looking for a back-up method I suggest an intra-uterine device, condoms, or spermacide. ...Read more

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I'm taking Althea (contraceptive pill) & I want to take fish oil for my skin. Can it reduce the effectiveness of Althea? Don't want to get pregnant yet

I'm taking Althea (contraceptive pill) & I want to take fish oil for my skin. Can it reduce the effectiveness of Althea? Don't want to get pregnant yet

Fish oil: FIsh oil can interact with blood thinners, but should not reduce the effectiveness of a contraceptive. It is known that taking an oral contraceptive can interfere with the fish oil effects on lowering triglycerides. ...Read more

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Will taking nitrofurantoin interfere with microgynon contraceptive pill - will it increase the chances of pregnancy? Thanks!

Will taking nitrofurantoin interfere with microgynon contraceptive pill - will it increase the chances of pregnancy? Thanks!

Minimally: It is recommended to use extra protection (condoms for example) when on any antibiotics as the effectiveness of the birth control can be minimally effected, but even "minimally" can cause pregnancy in some people. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Stopped taking the pill, condom then broke during sex so took emergency contraceptive pill. Period hasn't come in months, pregnancy test negative.?

Stopped taking the pill, condom then broke during sex so took emergency contraceptive pill. Period hasn't come in months, pregnancy test negative.?

Can happen: As long as you are sure not pregnant with at least 2 negative pregnancy tests at least 7 days apart and about 7 to 10 days from the intercourse episode, wait it out. Obviously if there have been more intercourse acts, then the above suggestion is not valid ...Read more

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I'm trying get pregnant but have iregular periods does contraceptive pill regulate my periods?

TTC: Contraceptive pills will not allow you to get pregnant. There are other hormone treatments that your OB can put you on to assist you, if that is the problem. But, infertility and irregular periods will not be solved on the internet. This will require working in person with your ob. ...Read more

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On the contraceptive pill, taken correctly. Due my withdrawal bleed but no sign of it? Should I be worried about pregnancy?

On the contraceptive pill, taken correctly. Due my withdrawal bleed but no sign of it? Should I be worried about pregnancy?

Correct pill usage: If you took the contraceptive pill "correctly" then no you should not be concerned. If you did not, then run a pregnancy test before starting another package. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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