Doctor insights on:
Taking Birth Control
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
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
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
There are many:
The combination pill offers many benefits, including some protection against.............
*breast growths that are not cancer
*endometrial and ovarian cancers
*serious infection in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus
*iron deficiency anemia
*cysts in the breasts and ovaries
*heavy and/or irregular period ...Read more
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
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
The answer to this depends on two factors: the kind of birth control pills youre 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, youre 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
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
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
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
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
Why?: Sorry, more information would be required to understand ; answer this question. ...Read more
Maybe ok: But use condoms as a backup measure to be safe. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
BCP: Best to consult your ob/gyn first.Get a more detailed answer ›
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