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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Of progestin-only birth control options available in the US, which are the most/least effective?

Of progestin-only birth control options available in the US, which are the most/least effective?

Mini pill: The mini pill or progestin only pill is about 92% effective in preventing pregnancy.There are really no variations in the effectiveness in the same dose of progestin by brand. ...Read more

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Of progestin-only birth control options available in the US, which tend to cause the least side effects?

Of progestin-only birth control options available in the US, which tend to cause the least side effects?

Same: There are progestin only pills, shots, implants, and IUD's. The side effect profiles for each are similar because the mechanism of action and the effect of each drug on the body is the same. The number one side effect is irregular and unpredictable bleeding. Number two is weight gain due to the appetite stimulation of progestins - if you eat more you gain weight. ...Read more

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What is the best progestin only birth control pill for endometriosis?

What is the best progestin only birth control pill for endometriosis?

There is: No 'one' best pill for this purpose, they all work to some degree and usually it's trial and error finding a 'best' one for an individual woman. Medroxyprogesterone, megestrol, and Norethindrone are all available in the us. There are synthetic progestins not available in the us some consider to be 'best, ' but again their is no proof. ...Read more

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Will progestin only birth control dry my milk supply up?

No: This will not affect breast milk production. In fact, some studies suggest that Progesterone only birth control may increase breast milk production. ...Read more

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Are progestin-only birth control pills safe for women who get migraines with aura?

Are progestin-only birth control pills safe for women who get migraines with aura?

Yes: It is the recommended pil for women with aura associated migraines. Effectiveness is about 92-97% effective. Most effective if taken at the same time every day perfectly. ...Read more

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How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

Should, or does?: It should only last for a month or so - but if it lasts longer, it may be difficult to stop. Some people will have to discontinue certain birth control pills due to irregular or unpredictable bleeding. A sonogram is helpful to look for other structural causes of abnormal bleeding, but progestin only pills do not do as good a job at regulating cycles as do estrogen/progestin birth control pills. ...Read more

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