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I am 17 days late and have had 4 neg. Tests, but have constipation and very mild nausea. I started retaking birth control 3 wks ago.?

I am 17 days late and have had 4 neg. Tests, but have constipation and very mild nausea. I started retaking birth control 3 wks ago.?

Wrong pill start?: If you started retaking birth control pills 3 weeks ago, about 21 days ago, it sounds like you started taking them at the wrong time, i.e. just before your period was due. That could have caused this long delay in expected menses. BC pills should be started the day you BEGIN your period, or the Sunday following. I think all you can do now is continue; the symptoms you have would not be unexpected. ...Read more

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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Are birth control pills supposed to alleviate constipation before periods?

Are birth control pills supposed to alleviate constipation before periods?

Not typically: However, if they do, and this is what you are looking for, then perhaps an added benefit for you. ...Read more

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Could an antidepressant or birth control pill I have been on for years suddenly start causing chronic constipation? (12wks)

Could an antidepressant or birth control pill I have been on for years suddenly start causing chronic constipation? (12wks)

Unlikely: It would be unusual to develop a new side effect from a medication you are already used to taking. Look for other causes. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods containing plenty of fiber: whole grains, fruits and vegetables. See your doctor soon. Avoid the trap of taking OTC laxatives very often, as they can make problem worse. ...Read more

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Pelvic fullness and constipation, on birth control and had unprotected sex but he never ejaculates in me. Could I be pregnant?

Pelvic fullness and constipation, on birth control and had unprotected sex but he never ejaculates in me. Could I be pregnant?

Probably Not: If you are using the birth control correctly and he has been withdrawing everytime, then you have been using two methods of birth control and it would be unlikely. However, note that the clear fluid that comes out of the penis during stimulation and before ejaculation ("pre-cum"), can contain sperm.
In this case, your symptoms are more likely related to the constipation. ...Read more

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Crampin every since my period 11 days ago I have constipation and lower back pain no sex since oct 31 recently stop birth control and use next choice?

Lots going on: You might benefit from being seen. I can also assure you that acupuncture can help with the cramping, constipation and back pain.
I do not know what Next Choice is for birth control for you...Discuss that with your ob-gyn doc. ...Read more

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I have severe stomach pains I am nauseated all the time. I am not pregnant I get the Depro birth control. Not constipation. I'm sosick

I have severe stomach pains I am nauseated all the time. I am not pregnant I get the Depro birth control. Not constipation. I'm sosick

What's the question: Sorry you feel so bad. If this has been going on a while, you really need a face-to-face evaluation. Important info to provide: When did it start? How long does an episode last? Anything that seems to help relieve symptoms? Any changes in weight? What medications you take (OTC or prescribed, how much and how often). ...Read more

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Constipation, dirrohea, feeling sick, bloated, heavy painful periods headaches. Not on any meds or birth control. Birth 1yr now. Still not ovulating.?

Constipation, dirrohea, feeling sick, bloated, heavy painful periods headaches. Not on any meds or birth control. Birth 1yr now. Still not ovulating.?

See your Gyne: You may be having anovulatory bleeding, which can often be corrected with progesterone medication. You would first need to be examined to be sure you don't have diabetes or a thyroid disorder, a bleeding disorder or a number of other possible conditions. Do see your gynecologist for a complete evaluation and treatment plan. Hope that helps ...Read more

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How affective are the birth control pills sprintec?

How affective are the birth control pills sprintec?

Mixed reviews: Some women think it is very effective as a birth control drug with minimal side effects. The biggest drawback seems to be loss of sex drive. ...Read more

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With tri-sprintec birth control, is it a bad idea to take other types of medication?

Not necessrily: Usually birth control pills do not interact with other types of medications. But people on anti-seizure medications, antibiotics, and certain other drugs can effect how well the birth control pill works. You should discuss the interactions of medications with your personal physician. ...Read more

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What would be signs that amoxicillin was having an interaction with the effectiveness of Sprintec birth control?

What would be signs that amoxicillin was having an interaction with the effectiveness of Sprintec birth control?

Pregnancy: Although rare, antibiotics can interfere with birth control. You would not be aware of this until you miss a period. I recommend using a back up method of birth control, such as condoms, when on antibiotics. If your period does not come at the usual time, get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec birth control. Do I still ovulate?

Probably not: Generally speaking, if taken perfectly, birth control pills prevent ovulation, but occasionally people have ovulated which may or may not result in pregnancy. If you do not take your pills correctly, you are much more likely to have an ovulation. ...Read more

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Is sprintec (not tri-sprintec) a good birth control?

Is sprintec (not tri-sprintec) a good birth control?

Yes: Sprintec uses a combination of Norgestimate and Ethynyl Estradiol and is effective contraception. It is a "third generation" pill using a newer progesterone that some woman tolerate better than the older-generation progesterones. Some studies have shown a slight increase in thromboembolic events with third-gen pills.
Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it okay to skip the white pills on sprintec birth control?

Is it okay to skip the white pills on sprintec birth control?

Sprintec OCs: Yes, but don't make a habit of it. The 7 white pills do not contain hormone; they are "spacers" to allow the estrogen levels to drop and bring on your period. If you miss one or more white pills, throw away those you didn't take and take the remainder before starting on the next regular cycle of white pills. There is no danger beyond the normal fail rate (2-3%) of pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


Sprintec (Definition)

Ethinyl Estradiol and norgestimate a combination drug that contains female hormones that prevent ...Read more