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Side Effects Of Birth Control On Lupus Patients
Not clear, depends: Some patient with lupus have abnormalities in blood clotting and birth control pills (bcps) can increase the risk for blood clots. However, for lupus patients without blood clotting problems recent studies have shown that bcps do not affect lupus activity. This is a change in thinking, as it was previously thought that bcps made lupus symptoms worse. You should discuss with your rheumatologist. ...Read more
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
See your doctor: It is unlikely that birth control pills would increase mild or severe flares if your lupus is stable. If your lupus affects your blood vessels (vascular disease), kidneys (nephritis), or you have antiphospholipid antibodies (which can increase the likelihood of blood clots), you should consider a non-estrogen based contraceptive, like the mini-pill, iud, condoms, or injectable (depo-provera). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 19, I have lupus, i want bigger breasts, i'm a a cup, i don't want to risk my health taking birth control for bigger breasts, what should I do ?
Yes, but...: It takes a little bit more finesse and consultation between your OB and rheumatologist, especially if you are on steroids for treatment of your lupus. It's essential that you are a non-smoker to even consider it. Then your two docs need to put their heads together and decide what would be best. It might actually be advisable to do progesterone only solution like Depo, but I'll leave that to them. ...Read more
My girlfriend has lupus and takes a birth control shot. Can that shot or her medication reduce her ability to climax? Anyway to regain the ability?
Depends: Your girlfriend's sexual drive maybe depressed as result of medications used to treat her lupus. However, it can occur as result of birth control too. Have her talk to her doctors to see what options that can come up with for her as it depends on which medications she is taking. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Resubmit question: There is no such thing as gas lupus. Oral contraceptives as a rule should be avoided in patients with systemic lupus. ...Read more
I have lupus I've bn on many diff birth control for 17 years including Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3yrs I've bn on seraquel for 10 years if i. Stop using them will it stop?
Will what stop?: Will what stop? I strongly advise all of my patients with lupus not to take oral contraceptives. In many patients with lupus there is an increased risk of blood clots. Oral contraceptives make the risk significantly greater. ...Read more
Most have none: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time. Other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches. One way is to see if you feel better when you're on the placebo pills. If so, talk with your dr. There are many bc options. ...Read more
The immediate : Potential side effects are determined by what form of birth control you are using. Birth control methods include: abstinence, oral contraceptives, birth control patch, depo-provera (shot), sponge, vaginal ring, cervical cap, condom, diaphragm, iud, birth control implant, spermicide, sterilization or vasectomy. They vary in efficacy ; possible side effects. ...Read more
Severe and minor: In a very small percentage of people, they can cause serious complications like chest, leg and abdominal pain, partial vision loss and recurrent headaches. These should be reported. Many people experience mild side effects, which some of which usually resolve with time, like nausea, moodiness, oily skin, breast tenderness, shedding hair. ...Read more
How to reduce side effects of birth control pill(Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg) ? Should we get worry about those side effects? In case of side effects what medications should be used?
See doctor: here is a brief list of major and minor side effects. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/levonorgestrel-side-effects.html For specifics to your situation one would need to know what side effects. Usually there is an alternative medication that can be considered depending on the side effect. Best approach is a consult with a doctor licensed in your area to give specific advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most have none: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time. Other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches. One serious potential risk, although rare, is an increased risk of blood clots in your legs or traveling to your lungs. ...Read more
Several: The most serious risks are clots in the veins or stroke in patients with migraines with aura. Side effects can include break-through bleeding, headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood swings, change in libido, or weight gain. Fortunately, both risks and side effects are rare with modern birth control pills and many side effects can be avoided by changing to a different pill. ...Read more
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