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Progestin Only Birth Control
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
Daily: You take pills daily and that is because if you don't,the effect is lost. ...Read more
I started taking progestin only birth control week ago, since i started it it seems like my baby doesn't want to nurse as long as normal, why is this?
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
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
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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