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Can I eat while taking birth control?

Can I eat while taking birth control?

I think the: Question is does it matter at what time your take your bcp relative to eating. Doesn't matter. ...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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Will taking birth control stunt my growth?

Will taking birth control stunt my growth?

A risk for teenagers: Many types of birth control contain estrogen, which is started too early in one adolescent years (or earlier) can cause early closure of one's growth plates and thus hinder one's ability to reach their genetic height potential. Thus, they should only be taken when prescribed by someone comfortable with these risks. Of course at 38 years of age, this wouldn't be a concern for you :). ...Read more

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I would like to start taking birth control?

I would like to start taking birth control?

You can usually: Start by making an appointment with your primary medical care provider or your gynecologist. ...Read more

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When should someone stop taking birth control?

When should someone stop taking birth control?

Health risks: A woman taking birth control pills should stop taking those only if health risks have evolved that outweigh the risk of pregnancy. It takes at least a week, before a pregnancy test becomes positive. A typical scenario is that a woman has been partying, has had unprotected sex, then misses her period, finds out that she is pregnant, and then concerns arise, if the baby could have been harmed. ...Read more

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What are the benefits in taking birth control?

What are the benefits in taking birth control?

There are many: The combination pill offers many benefits, including some protection against.............
*acne
*bone thinning
*breast growths that are not cancer
*ectopic pregnancy
*endometrial and ovarian cancers
*serious infection in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus
*iron deficiency anemia
*cysts in the breasts and ovaries
*premenstrual symptoms
*depression
*bad cramps
*heavy and/or irregular period ...Read more

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Does taking birth control make you gain weight?

Does taking birth control make you gain weight?

Usually no: Most women don't gain weight with birth control pills, as shown in studies yrs ago--women taking placebo gained as much as women taking high dose pills. Some women with other types of bc can gain weight--as with the shot. Most with other types of bc don't. Pregnancy does make you gain weight! ...Read more

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When you stop taking birth control what happens?

When you stop taking birth control what happens?

Menstruation returns: In majority of women, without the suppression of the birth control pills, ovaries wake up and natural menstrual cycles return.
In small number of women, particularly these who did not have regular menstruation before the pill, it may take several months before regular menstruation resumes. If normal menstruation does not return in 6 months, it's time to visit the doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best way to stop taking birth control?

What's the best way to stop taking birth control?

Did u ask your doc: Depends what type u are on, if u are on pills stop at the end of your pack. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking birth control?

What are the pros and cons of taking birth control?

Many of each: Check out the website www.Mayoclinic. Com and type in birth control. They give a very good overview of multiple types of birth control and the benefits and side effects and risks of each. ...Read more

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How soon after taking birth control is it effective?

It depends: The answer to this depends on two factors: the kind of birth control pills you’re using, and the point in your menstrual cycle that you started them.
Taking the combination pill? If you start the pill within five days after the start of your period, you’re protected right away. If you start at any other time during your cycle, you need to use a backup form of birth control for seven days. ...Read more

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I want to start taking birth control. Any suggestions?

Great : Preventing unplanned pregnancy is very important. I'm glad you're ready to start taking birth control. Simply schedule a visit with a doctor and they will discuss the many options available to you. Good job being responsible. ...Read more

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How many days after taking birth control am i covered?

7: After taking the birth control pill for 7 days straight you are 'covered' on the 8th day. Make sure to take your pill at the same time every day, if you can. If you have a hard time remember, there are free apps to put on your phone to remind you to take your pill. We all forget, so it's nice to have a reminder! Best of luck! ...Read more

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What time of the month do I start taking birth control?

What time of the month do I start taking birth control?

Your gyn should: Have told you that, if you mean bc pills, depending on the pill my patients start it on the first day of the period or you can do the sunday after your period starts but with the low dose pills like i almost always prescribe to my patients they start on teh first day of their period. ...Read more

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At the age of 44 should I still be taking birth control?

ONLY if u need to be: Meaning if you still ovulate and do not want to get pregnant then u need birth control, you may or may not still ovulate, u can get a kit to find out and if u want pills u should be on the lowest dose like loloestrin only 10 mcg estrogen and if u want permanent sterilization u should ask you gyn if he or she does in office essure like I do in my office, easy, takes 5 min, no cutting, only a copay. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when should I begin taking birth control?

Can you tell me when should I begin taking birth control?

Several options.: Many women will start taking a birth control pill on the first sunday after their period starts. This allows for a sunday start and is easier for some women. In reality, you can start on any day of the week after your period starts and your pill pack may have different labels to help you keep track. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be taking birth control at different times?

Not the best: Try to pick a 6-hour window, 6 am to noon, noon to 6, or 6 to midnight. Use your reminder on your phone. You get the best contraception and menstrual control. ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy to eat grapefruit while you are taking birth control?

No problem: No interactions. Grapefruit is generally a healthy food choice unless you're taking some very specific meds, like meds for high cholesterol. ...Read more

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Over the past 4 years I've gained 80 pounds. I started taking birth control and dropped 70 pounds in 4 months. Possible reasons?

Over the past 4 years I've gained 80 pounds. I started taking birth control and dropped 70 pounds in 4 months. Possible reasons?

A "wait loss" pill?: So, you think there is a correlation between the oral contraceptive pill and your 70 pound weight loss? Actually, there is no physiologic connection, however there are psychologic reasons for your situation, for the pill to be a "wait loss" pill. Some women worry about unprotected sex and eat more, or others want to "attract" more male interest and partners and than lose weight. ...Read more

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Boyfriend and I fooling around. H9e NEVER entered me at all. We were both naked and we were up against each other but not in me.taking birth control?

Boyfriend and I fooling around. H9e NEVER entered me at all. We were both naked and we were up against each other but not in me.taking birth control?

Doubt pregnancy: The chances of you being pregnant are low but it is possible. I suggest you take a pregnancy test 1 week after a missed period if you miss a period ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control for the last 3 years but skipped taking any for about a week, as I was waiting for my refill. How long do i have to wa?

I've been taking birth control for the last 3 years but skipped taking any for about a week, as I was waiting for my refill.  How long do i have to wa?

Be cautious: These work by providing your body with hormones that prevent egg release. If you were off for that long, your body may release an egg this cycle and you would be at risk of pregnancy if you don't use a backup BC. Some pill makers advertise that you are protected after 2 wks, some docs suggest backup BC for a month to be sure. ...Read more

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Birth control question-please help! Hi, I'm 24 years old and have been taking birth control since january. I have always taken my pills at the same time every night until I was late taking a pill last month. I followed the regimen and took 2 in the same d

Birth control question-please help! Hi, I'm 24 years old and have been taking birth control since january. I have always taken my pills at the same time every night until I was late taking a pill last month. I followed the regimen and took 2 in the same d

Likely ok: Your question was cut off, but I'm assuming your asking about risk of pregnancy (unlikely with 1 missed pill), but missed pills can cause irregular bleeding. Try setting your cell phone alarm for the same time every day. If you're missing pills more frequently, you should ask yourself if the pill is the best option for you. There are other easier options, including long-acting methods like iud/implant. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking birth control?

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

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How soon after sex can I stop taking birth control?

Stopping BCP's: You should finish your current cycle of bcp's independent of when you have sex. ...Read more

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Will taking birth control make my cycle more regular?

Will taking birth control make my cycle more regular?

Almost always: The birth control pill is widely used not only to prevent pregnancy, but also to correct irregular, infrequent, absent, painful, or heavy periods. It is also proven to decrease one's risk of ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, ovarian cysts, acne. It also improves premenstrual mood dysfunction such as pmdd. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of taking birth control?

What are the negative effects of taking birth control?

Mild to severe: Common side effects are usually mild and reversible such as weight gain, mood swings, spotting, lack of periods, acne, hair growth. Choosing the correct bcp for you helps minimize the side effects, they are not all the same. Severe side effects can include stroke and blood clots but they are very uncommon. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


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