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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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


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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD a birth control?

Is mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD a birth control?

Yes: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud is one of the safest and most effective birth control options available. It is over 99% effective. Once inserted it can stay in the uterus up to 5 years. It has few side effects. Up to 50% will have no periods within 2 years which people really like. ...Read more

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Alesse birth control pill safe?

Alesse birth control pill safe?

As any: As safe as any bcps. Any med has risks. ...Read more

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Birth control stopping periods?

Birth control stopping periods?

Please explain: Please give us a little more information so i can answer your question. ...Read more

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Switching birth control pills?

Switching birth control pills?

Birth control pills: There are many types and doses of birth control pills. If one is not working well for you after three months, few side effects, talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation or type of administration. There are also patches and rings which have the same medication but bypass the stomach and less problems with nausea. ...Read more

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Best birth control nora-be/nor-qd/micronor?

Best birth control nora-be/nor-qd/micronor?

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

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Is lo ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) birth control a good birth control pill?

Is lo ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) birth control a good birth control pill?

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

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Is desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) birth control effective?

Is desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) birth control effective?

If taken properly: But i never write for that one, i put my pts on lower dose pills which are safer and less cahnce wt gain , bloating, blood clots , I use 10-25 mcg estrogen in teh pills i write. ...Read more

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Is mirena (levonorgestrel) a safe birth control?

Is mirena (levonorgestrel) a safe birth control?

VERY SAFE: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available, it lasts 5 years, is ~99.5% effective, and thins the uterine lining so that you get lighter periods. 20% of women will stop having periods after 1 year and that's perfectly healthy. Effects in the uterus and so it won't affect or be affected by other medicadtion; very safe method; biggest risk after insertion is expulsion (1-2%). ...Read more

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What is the best birth control nuva ring? Implannon? Pill? Shot? Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

What is the best birth control nuva ring? Implannon? Pill? Shot? Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Best birth control: The answer depends upon the side effects that you may have, and the method of administration. I suggest choosing one, and if you are unhappy with it then change to another method. ...Read more

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Is Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) more effective than birth control pills?

Is Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) more effective than birth control pills?

Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone): The shot is more convientient and works for three months at a time. It appears to be more effective than the tablets. ...Read more

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Does prednisone affect the birth control pill, levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel)?

Does prednisone affect the birth control pill, levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel)?

Not aware of: No such interaction I know of. However since prednisone is often used as a semi-emergency measure (for asthma, lupus exacerbation etc), the nature of the illness itself may impact the effectiveness of BCP but this effect would be difficult to measure. ...Read more

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What is monophasic birth control pills?

What is monophasic birth control pills?

Constant dose: Monophasic contraception delivers a single consistent dose of hormones. Other types such as triphasic use different doses of hormones at different points in your cycle to mimic a natural cycle. They are equivalent in efficacy. ...Read more

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Is levonrogestrel in generess fe birth control ?

Is levonrogestrel in generess fe birth control ?

Th entire pill: Is birth control, it is made up of estrogen and Progesterone in combination, that is what provides the birth control ad remember u have to chew that one, not swallow. ...Read more

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Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) prevent ovulation?

Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) prevent ovulation?

Sometimes: with any progestin only birth control, ovulation will be suppressed in some but not all. That also includes birth control pills where for many types about 30 - 50% of patients do ovulate or at least produce a mature follicle. This is contrary to popular belief. Also though with progestin only meds such as mirena, (levonorgestrel) if suppression occurs the estrogen level is also suppressed with symptoms in some. ...Read more

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When should one use a progesterone only birth control pill?

When should one use a progesterone only birth control pill?

To avoid estrogen: Most birth control pills also contain estrogen but estrogen can decrease breast milk (for breast-feeding moms), increase blood pressure (for women who already have high blood pressure), cause an increased risk of stroke in women over age 35 who smoke, increase the risk of blood clots in women who have already had a serious blood clot, and aggravate headaches (for women with migraines. ). ...Read more

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What type of birth control pills have only progesterone in it?

What type of birth control pills have only progesterone in it?

Bcp progestin: Camila, errin, jolivette, nor-qd, ortho micronor (norethindrone). Not as effective as bcp with both estrogen and progestin ( higher rate of pregnancy), important to take it at the same time every day, and not miss a pill. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what progesterone only birth control pills are?

No estrogen. : Most birth control pills contain both estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone only pills are commonly used in the postpartum period because they are thought to be less likely to decrease breast milk production. They are also an alternative in women with risk factors for blood clots. These pills are also different in that no pill-free interval or placebo is used. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of progesterone only birth control pills?

Several: Actually they are more effective than traditional sequential, combination pills because there are no hormone-free days. They do not cause strokes, blood clots or heart attacks. They may cause less decrease in your libido than combination pills which suppress testosterone production more from your ovaries. ...Read more

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Why do birth control pills contain a high amount of progesterone?

Progesterone: Because that is the active pharmaceutical agent. ...Read more

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Why are there so many side effects in birth control? Esp if they're only supposed to have estrogen and progesterone in them?

Why are there so many side effects in birth control? Esp if they're only supposed to have estrogen and progesterone in them?

OCP: Side effects with birth control pills vary widely and are very subjective form one woman to the next, so it's difficult-to-impossible to say why one woman experiences something different from another. Ocp do contain only an estrogen (17-beta-estradiol) and not progesterone, but a synthetic progestin. ...Read more

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I am 35, not a smoker nor have I ever been but my Dr switched my birth control pills to progesterone only pills, are there any reasons for this?

May be: Related to the fact that the risk of "blood clots" is increased in women age >35 with the combined contraception pills and that while with higher dosed progestin dosing - utilized for issues other than contraception - that there is increased blood clot risk too, with the lower progestin used in "minipills" for contraception that this risk isn't really observed. Why not ask your doc? ...Read more

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Can u please tell me a progesterone only birth control that won't cause weight gain? Thanks.

Can u please tell me a progesterone only birth control that won't cause weight gain? Thanks.

Contraception: That is a side effect of hormonal contraceptive methods. Progesterone only methods are: skyla, mirena, (levonorgestrel) depoprovera, nexplanon, mini pill. If you want something with no hormone: paragard would be your option # 1. ...Read more

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If the baby blues are caused by dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone, then would birth control pills help?

If the baby blues are caused by dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone, then would birth control pills help?

Usually not: We don't have a good exp[aination for why, but hormone products usually don't help. I would discuss your symptoms with your family doctor fir the best intervention. ...Read more

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If you've had a hormonal reaction to a combination birth control pill, will a progesterone pill have the same effect?

If you've had a hormonal reaction to a combination birth control pill, will a progesterone pill have the same effect?

May be!: You do not know which component of the combination pills you reacted to. It could be the progesterone component or the estrogen component. One way to guess --- would be--- did the reaction occur on the first 14 days of the cycle or the last 24 days? First 14 days-- the pills are estrogens only and last 14 days the pills are combination of estrogen and progesterone. ...Read more

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Boyfriend came inside of me, on progesterone only birth control, what are the chances that I am pregnant? Also have endometriosis

Boyfriend came inside of me, on progesterone only birth control, what are the chances that I am pregnant? Also have endometriosis

>99.5% not pregnant: The typical failure rate of a progesterone only oral contraceptive is about 5% per year. If you are taking the pill correctly, your chances of pregnancy from this episode of intercourse are less than .5%. (You have a greater than 99.5% chance that you are not pregnant). Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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


Dr. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more