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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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Can soy milk cause breakthrough bleeding while in birth control pills?

Can soy milk cause breakthrough bleeding while in birth control pills?

Yes, possible: Because large quantities of soy milk can influence estrogen. Moderation is the key. ...Read more

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Can soy milk, licorice, or yams or any other type of food or bevarage make birth control less effective everywhere I read it's diff nd it scares me?

Can soy milk, licorice, or yams or any other type of food or bevarage make birth control less effective everywhere I read it's diff nd it scares me?

No: None of the items that you mentioned can affect the efficacy of birth control pills. The only antibiotic that can affect is Rifampin. There are a lot of wive's tales out there.... so beware. Most important is to take the birth control pill at the same time and not to miss a day. ...Read more

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My baby wasput on soy milk at birth a month ago b/c of severe spitting up. Her dr says reflux meds won't help. Still spitting up alot. What can help?

My baby wasput on soy milk at birth a month ago b/c of severe spitting up. Her dr says reflux meds won't help. Still spitting up alot. What can help?

Second opinion?: There are many reasons for a baby to spit up, and what parents consider alot is not always medically significant. If baby is growing well, it may not a concern. Ask your dr to clarify, and if you're still concerned, see a pediatrician for second opinion. Try keeping baby's head up 20" after feeds, that sometimes helps. ...Read more

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I have read that soy products interfere with birth control. Do I avoid soy and soy products? Or is it only in large amounts over a long period?

Volume: Soy products have phytoestrogens that can mimic the estrogen in your birth control pills. As long as you do not eat large volumes of soy prducts this should not be a problem. Make sure you evaluate other food items you eat for their estogen content, such as yams, licorice, and black cohosh. ...Read more

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I'm lactose intolerant. As a result, I use a lot of soy products. Could the soy cause my birth control pills to be ineffective or less effective?

I'm lactose intolerant. As a result, I use a lot of soy products. Could the soy cause my birth control pills to be ineffective or less effective?

No: Take your contraceptive pill and wait one hour before eating any soy products and there isn't a problem even though soy contains some levels of estrogen. ...Read more

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Can one increase estrogen naturally with soy or dairy products. Or what's the best birth control pill for balancing hormones.

Can one increase estrogen naturally with soy or dairy products. Or what's the best birth control pill for balancing hormones.

Naturally is iffy: Some soy products can increase estrogen but there is no clear way to determine which ones increase it and by how much. Too much can be bad too. Dairy is of no benefit. Much wiser to see doc and check levels and then decide on a treatment that works in a predictable, well-studied way. ...Read more

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Will progestin birth control dry my milk up?

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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Can birth control make your breast produce milk?

Can birth control make your breast produce milk?

Galactorrhea: Hi, yes birth control pills by changing the hormone balance in body can produce milky discharge from nipples but you better see a doctor to make sure there is nothing else like a tumor in Pituitary causing it, also some food like anise, fenugreek seed and fennel could do that and some other medications like blood pressure medication, anti depressive medication.
Please see your provider. ...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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If I start using birth control for the first time can it mess up my breast milk?

If I start using birth control for the first time can it mess up my breast milk?

More complicated: We generally recommend staying away from estrogen containing birth control methods. They do not harm the breastmilk but they will decrease the production. Non estrogen containing methods are better choices like the "mini" pill, depoprovera shot, implanon, Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud and paragard iud. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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