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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...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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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

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


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