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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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Is birth control ineffective for overweight women?

Is birth control ineffective for overweight women?

No it's effective: However, if you're severely overweight you may need birth control less often than if you're thin -- both because of Insulin resistance and relative infertility, but also because of decreasing opportunity. Remember, there are multiple methods for birth control and none are affected by weight. ...Read more

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Can a 41 year old woman get pregnant on birth control? She is overweight & doesn't eat right.

Can a 41 year old woman get pregnant on birth control? She is overweight & doesn't eat right.

Hello. : Hello. The fact she is 41 years old decreases chances for becoming pregnant. If she is using birth control correctly (i.e. Takes her birth control pills 100% of the time) that would markedly reduce her chances (because if used exactly as directed and it was oral - usually about 99% effective). There would be a low chance - but here's the issue - even if their is a low chance doesn't mean it won't happen. For instance, if there is a 98% chance that you won't get a medication side effect - that means there is a very tiny chance that you would get a side effect if you took the medication. But, that doesn't prevent 2% of the people from getting a side effect. ...Read more

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Can over weight woman take the pill (birth control) cause a stroke?

Can over weight woman take the pill (birth control) cause a stroke?

Risk factors: Smoking, oral contraceptives, and migraines together can increase stroke risk, but so can heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high blood fats, increased homocysteine, and obesity. If one is merely 10-20 lbs overweight without the other risk factors, should be just fine to use bcp. ...Read more

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Do I have a greater chance of gaining weight from hormonal birth control if I've been overweight in the past?

Do I have a greater chance of gaining weight from hormonal birth control if I've been overweight in the past?

Gaining weight: Hormonal birth control should not make you gain weight. As I read your question you are no longer overweight - you can be pleased with yourself. If I read it wrongly please add another question. ...Read more

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If i am 100 pounds overweight & take syeda birth control. Whats the chance of me getting a blood clot? Im active & do exercise

If i am 100 pounds overweight & take syeda birth control. Whats the chance of me getting a blood clot? Im active & do exercise

No exact odds.: Both obesity and birth control pill put you at risk of blood clots. Is the risk even higher when you have both than can be explained by adding the odds separately, is hard to say. Do you smoke, have a family history of blood clots or strokes or sudden death in people under the age of 50? No matter, what, the risks of blood clots, are likely lower than the risks of pregnancy, it is said. ...Read more

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I don't have a period because im overweight. Is there a way to force my period? Like a pill? Or anything? Besides birth control, because i want a baby

I don't have a period because im overweight. Is there a way to force my period? Like a pill? Or anything? Besides birth control, because i want a baby

No: The best way to have a period in your situation is.... And you knew i was going to say this.... To lose weight. Studies show very clearly that women who aren't having periods due to being heavy have return to regular menstruation and increased fertility with weight loss. Use an app like, my fitness pal, to track our daily calories in and calories out. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been bleeding brown blood for over two months, no real pain, not dizzy, not having sex, or taking birth control. Somewhat overweight what is it?

I've been bleeding brown blood for over two months, no real pain, not dizzy, not having sex, or taking birth control. Somewhat overweight what is it?

DUB: Most likely you're having dysfunctional uterine bleeding, which means that your hormones are a little out of whack, resulting in too much buildup of the uterine lining and subsequent bleeding and spotting. It can usually be cleared up using Progesterone pills. I would see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I make my menstrual cycle regular if I have pcos and i'm not overweight without taking birth control?

How can I make my menstrual cycle regular if I have pcos and i'm not overweight without taking birth control?

PCOS: It is best to be on regular treatment for pcos which may require medication and birth control pills to keep the pcos in control. Be sure to be under doctors supervision for this disorder. ...Read more

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Ejaculated inside of overweight (not obese) girl with pcos that was not on birth control. Few times. Doesn't have normal cycle. chance of pregnancy?%%

Ejaculated inside of overweight (not obese) girl with pcos that was not on birth control. Few times. Doesn't have normal cycle. chance of pregnancy?%%

Nobody knows, and...: It really doesn't matter if the statistical chance is 5% or 10% or 15% or 20%..., because the reality remains that she might get pregnant. If not wanting a baby and if this happened less than 3 days ago, one can talk with her about taking emergency contraception pill(s), but those may not work as well in an overweight girl. One can take her to her Ob-Gyn doctor for an IUD, which works pretty well. ...Read more

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I am 21 years of age and i am over weight. What remedy can I use along with exercise to get rid of the weight. I am also taking birth control?

I am 21 years of age and i am over weight. What remedy can I use along with exercise to get rid of the weight. I am also taking birth control?

No remedies needed !: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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If I'm over weight as in 302 pounds will my birth control pills stop working?

If I'm over weight as in 302 pounds will my birth control pills stop working?

302: No, your weight won't stop your birth control pills. But you do need to go on a diet starting immediately. Please have your doctor refer you to a dietitian. Don't try to lose weight in a hurry - 25-40 pounds weight loss a year will keep you on track for a few years. ...Read more

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Constant vaginal bleeding for a yr now, sometime clotty, perscribed birth control for it but not working, no pain, a bit over weight, what could it be?

Constant vaginal bleeding for a yr now, sometime clotty, perscribed birth control for it but not working, no pain, a bit over weight, what could it be?

A bit 'fluffy': Obesity can cause menstrual irregularity and prolonged bleeding due to the conversion of androstenedione to estrone from peripheral fat, an active estrogen that feeds messages back to the pituitary gland and the poor lining of the womb (endometrium) gets 'confused' and sheds inappropriately. Check with your md for alternative rx's since the oral contraceptive is not working. Weight loss helps. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more