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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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Is sam e safe? Does it cause any weight gain and can I take it with progestin only birth control pills? Thanks

Is sam e safe? Does it cause any weight gain and can I take it with progestin only birth control pills? Thanks

SAM e: Supplementation with s-adenosylmethionine (sam-e), has also been promoted as treatment for osteoarthritis. A meta-analysis of rcts (randomized controlled trials) found that sam-e is as effective as nsaids in reducing pain and disability, and has a better safety profile. I did not see any evidence that it causes weight gain. Whether it has any interaction with progestin based ocp's is not known. ...Read more

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I'm currently on a progestin-only birth control pill. Can i take saw palmetto extract supplements without any drug interference?

None known: There aren't any known interactions between those two. But that may just be because no research has been done about this potential interaction. ...Read more

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I have had severe depression for 2 yrs. I recently became pregnant (6weeks) & depression is completely gone. I have been on progestin only birth control at my highest depression period so I don't think it's that. Could it be the increase in estrogen?

I have had severe depression for 2 yrs. I recently became pregnant (6weeks) & depression is completely gone. I have been on progestin only birth control at my highest depression period so I don't think it's that. Could it be the increase in estrogen?

Pregnancy hormones: A pregnancy generates increased levels of many hormones and it is not unusual to see depression improve and the need for medication reduced or eliminated. Whether this is from a single hormone like estrogen or multiple hormones is difficult to say. Unfortunately, depression is very likely to return after the pregnancy so that should be planned for. ...Read more

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Does Diflucan 150mg (for a yeast infection) affect the effectiveness of progestin only birth control pill (mini pill)?

Does Diflucan 150mg (for a yeast infection) affect the effectiveness of progestin only birth control pill (mini pill)?

Probably not: Fluconazole (Diflucan) is not known to have any such affect. Indeed, the whole business about antibiotics and hormonal contraception is mostly an urban myth. The vast majority of antibiotics, taken for short courses (under 2 weeks) in the usual doses, have no effect at all. Virtually nobody ever gets pregnant on account of taking antibiotics. Don't worry about it! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using progestin birth control?

What are the side effects of using progestin birth control?

Your doc: Should ahve already discussed that with you. You may not have any but possible side effects can be break through bleeding, wt gain, no periods, blood clots ht attack, stroke, the same side effects that you could ahve taking any pill. Obviously some side effects are much less common than others nad many people who take them have no side effects. ...Read more

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Will progestin birth control dry my milk up?

Breast feeding: Some women are sensitive to progestin and can cause one's milk to dry up while breatfeeding. ...Read more

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How much progestin is in the birth control pill usually?

How much progestin is in the birth control pill usually?

Varies: There are many different progestin compounds that are used in combination birth control pills with varying dosages. ...Read more

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Thinking about getting on the birth control pill what's the difference between combination pills and progestin only pills? Which is best for the body?

Thinking about getting on the birth control pill what's the difference between combination pills and progestin only pills? Which is best for the body?

Effectiveness...: Progesterone-only pills are not as effective at pregnancy prevention as pills containing both estrogen and progesterone. For this reason, they are usually reserved for women who are breast-feeding and in other special circumstances. You will most likely want a combination pill unless you are breast-feeding. See your doctor! best wishes! ...Read more

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Is there estrogen or progestin in birth control pills?

Both: The majority of birth control pills have both estrogen and Progesterone in them. There are a few that contain just progesterone. Progesterone only birth control pills are less commonly used except in special circumstances, such as while breast-feeding, or in women who can't take estrogen. ...Read more

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