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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Just started spotting only when I wipe taking birth control pills but I had sex my 3rd day of period before taking the pills could I be pregnant?

Just started spotting only when I wipe taking birth control pills but I had sex my 3rd day of period before taking the pills could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: If you had sex during your period, it is unlikely that you were ovulating at that time, and spotting or break through bleeding is not unusual while taking birth control pills. A home pregnancy test is usually positive within a few days after a missed period, and almost always by 7 days after a missed period. ...Read more

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Started menstrual period 2 weeks early. Is this normal? Not on birth control pills or sexually active.

Started menstrual period 2 weeks early. Is this normal? Not on birth control pills or sexually active.

Common problem: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Will stress delay your menstrual period even though you are on birth control pills?

Will stress delay your menstrual period even though you are on birth control pills?

It should not: Birth control pills should allow you to have a menstrual flow regardless of stress levels. If you are having problems with bleeding while on bcp's then see you gyn and find out why. ...Read more

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This is my first month on birth control pills and I am on the 7 day break. I had a very light period, is this normal? Only lasted 3-4 days

This is my first month on birth control pills and I am on the 7 day break. I had a very light period, is this normal? Only lasted 3-4 days

Exactly as expected: The periods you have during the 7 days off are normally very light and do not last as long as your normal periods. This is one of the great advantages of oral contraceptives! Things sound as if they are going perfect and as expected! Remember, sexually transmitted diseases are not prevented by the pill, so if unsure of partners history, still use a condom. ...Read more

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How do I start my second pack of birth control pills if I started taking them the first day of my period?

How do I start my second pack of birth control pills if I started taking them the first day of my period?

Pill Everyday: A pill a day keeps the stork away!
even if you're still having your period from the current pack, you should start a new pack of pills immediately after completing it. ...Read more

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On my second pack of birth control pills, stopped taking placebo pills of first pack 4 days in. Started a new pack on day 3 of period, am I protected?

On my second pack of birth control pills, stopped taking placebo pills of first pack 4 days in. Started a new pack on day 3 of period, am I protected?

Probably: I cannot tell exactly from your question, but as long as you did not go more than 7 days between the last active hormone pill of the first pack and the first active pill of the second pack, then you should be covered. You don't need to swallow the placebo pills, but they help you stay on time with the routine. ...Read more

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It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor (I am on birth control pills)?

It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor (I am on birth control pills)?

Uterine "purge": The uterus is emptying everything from the pregnancy out a this time. That includes blood, debris, and gestation tissue remnants. The bleeding should eventually slow down in 1 to 2 weeks. If it is bright red, call your OB now and make an appointment as the bleeding may be due to retained placental tissue. ...Read more

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No period at the end of my first pack of birth control pills am I pregnant? Is this normal? I started the 21 day pack the Sunday after my period...

No period at the end of my first pack of birth control pills am I pregnant? Is this normal? I started the 21 day pack the Sunday after my period...

Can do a preg. Test: Using birth control methods is a full-time job. If a person doesn't use it all the time, every time... then babies can happen. Once in a while, pregnancy happens even when one uses birth control very correctly. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred) or 1 week after missing a period. ...Read more

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I am on regular birth control pills. I took Plan B the first day of my placebo week because of condom failure. Could Plan B make me miss my period?

I am on regular birth control pills. I took Plan B the first day of my placebo week because of condom failure. Could Plan B make me miss my period?

Maybe: If you were taking the birth control pills regularly it is very unlikely that you would become pregnant...Even with a broken condom. The condom is helping very little with your contraception but using a condom can be a good way to prevent some stds, not all. Plan b could alter your period. Just begin your next pill cycle on the correct day. Get a pregnancy test done to prove you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

Maybe not: A woman who is taking her birth control pills properly, is very unlikely to be pregnant. If not regularly on birth control pills, the emergency contraception dose of the pills does work most of the time but not all of the time (if unlucky, or if taking the pills too far out after sex, one can still get pregnant). Thus, always do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex, if EC pills were needed. ...Read more

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Does starting birth control pills (combination pill) within first 5 days of period protect you immediately? Are u protected after a week?

Protection: I always tell my patients not to rely on their BC, s until they ha taken a complete cycle. Good luck ...Read more

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Is the period ur getting frm birth control pills ur actual period? I was heavy at first when I started my color pills I missed 1day now its nothing

Is the period ur getting frm birth control pills ur actual period? I was heavy at first when I started my color pills I missed 1day now its nothing

Yes: It is your 'actual' period, but the hormones in the pill regulate when it occurs. If it is not happening when it should in your pill pack, please see your Gyn Healthcare provider and discuss. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss first period after stopping birth control pills??

Yes: If the endometrium from several months of pill use is minimal then the first expected period will also be minimal (brown discharge) or absent. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I started my period on a sunday and started birth control pills for my first round?

Is it okay that I started my period on a sunday and started birth control pills for my first round?

Yes: You should start the pill when you start your period. If that is a sunday, that is ok. You should expect to have some spotting or breakthrough bleeding for up to 3 or 4 cycles after starting the pill. By the end of the 4th or 5th pack your periods should come only at the end of the pack of pills. ...Read more

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Can I start taking birth control pills for the first time days before my period is supposed to start?

Can I start taking birth control pills for the first time days before my period is supposed to start?

Yes: You can start the pill at any time, but I would make sure you're not pregnant by a blood test, as a urine test might not pick up an early pregnancy. The only drawback to starting a pill before your period is that you might have to put up with two or three months of abnormal bleeding. ...Read more

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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


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