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Period will start on wedding day. Can I skip triphasic ocp placebo and take continuous estrogen/progesterone to prevent period?
How do you distinguish between too much estogen in a birth control pill causing your side effects or the type of pill (ex. Monophasic, triphasic, bi.?
Nausea: There are some estrogen effects such as headache and nausea, as well as bleeding the end of the cycle that can be indicative of too much estrogen. Remember though that estrogen was placed in the pill to prevent thiinig of the uterine lining that causes bleeding. It can take 3 months to regulate the bleeding on an ocp so be patient if just starting. The bleeding profiles ocp's not much different. ...Read more
Would a monophasic birth control pill, like ortho cyclen, improve my perimenopause symptoms better than a triphasic? Still symptomatic on triphasic.
How can I skip my period or delay it for one week when taking tri-previfem (triphasic birth control)? I only need to do this one time
Extra pills for a we: After 3 weeks on your current pack of pills you can immediately start on a new pack for one week. These 7 pills will take the place of "blank" pills at the end of a 4 week pack. Then go off the pills for a week to have your period. At this point it would be best to start on a whole new pack, to avoid confusion. Other option: finish out the new pack to delay menses by 2 more weeks. ...Read more
I'm on a triphasic birth control pill. I want to delay my period by taking 2 packs at a time. Take all the white pills from 2 packs etc. Is that safe?
Am I protected if I take phase 3 of my triphasic birth control pill twice, have a placebo week, and then start back with phase one to delay my period?
Yes: As long as you take a pill everyday, you should be fine. ...Read more
Start OCP: You can start birth control pills, patch or Nuva Ring at anytime mid-cycle. Make sure to use a backup method of contraception for the first week because the pill will not be effective for 1 week. You may have some irregular spotting during the first 1-2 months. Only start mid-cycle if you are certain that you are not pregnant. ...Read more
Within a few days: They should start hormonal changes after taking and should be effective within a few days. Please see your doctor before proceeding with the use of oral contraceptives and to discuss the risks further. ...Read more
Varies: Different components, hormones, and strengths. Your doctor will choose which is best for you. ...Read more
No more than cyclic: Taking OC's continuously poses no more danger than taking them in a cyclic fashion. Most women eventually have some irregular bleeding when they use them continuously. I recommend taking a 4 day break every 3-4 months at a convenient time to try to prevent this. The OC's must be monophasic- all the same dose. They must be taken continuously for at least 21 days- then they can be stopped anytime. ...Read more
Birth control pills: Birth control pills can be taken as long as you have risk of getting pregnant.But as you get older your risk og forming clot increases especially if you smoke. So if you smoke or if yoy have family history of clots in legs or lung. You should use a dofferent method of birth control after age og 35. ...Read more
Many: Several antibiotics and even some cold medicatins can potentially do this. Best advice...Use condoms too when on other medications, especially prescriptions usless your gyn evaluates them and gives the ok to use pills alone. ...Read more
Possibly: The phrase "having a good cry" suggests that crying can actually make you feel physically and emotionally better, which many people believe. There is a type of chemical in emotional tears that acts as an endorphin that reduces pain and works to improve mood. Crying bouts are also triggered by hormonal irregularities, which are triggered naturally or by ocps. ...Read more
Preteen through: Adulthood; however, pills are not 100% certain: you should always use condoms plus or with spermicidal gel or foam. ...Read more
Yes: Some ocp's may actually help to stabilize and regulate bleeding. ...Read more
Minimal: Main risks are blood clots in the leg or lung and stroke. All very very uncommon. Main benefits are good, safe, reliable contraception, shorter/lighter periods, less pms and cramping, regular menses, reduced ovary and uterine cancer, less anemia.. ...Overall benefits far outweigh the risks. ...Read more
What time take pill: As a general rule take the pill at the same time every day, for example when you wake up, or go to bed, or after dinner etc. ...Read more
Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman. ...Read more
Back up plan: It may be recommended to use a back up (such as a condom) for up to a month when starting oral contraceptives. ...Read more
Not really: Contraceptive use is a highly patient specific level of tolerance that requires a real conversation between you and the MD provider who has examined you and will know the "best" questions to ask you to ascertain appropriate preferences. ...Read more
Been on ocps for 3 months now. Last 2 periods were a day early, im 4 days late for this months, why is that?
Adjusting to pill: It can take 3-4 cycles to adjust to the pill. Your period should start during the "placebo" days when the pills have no medicine in them. If, after the third pack, you are bleeding at the wrong time, you should consult with your provider about changing. Make sure you take the pills at the same time each day. ...Read more
I took my last 11.25mglupron shot just over 3mo ago. Dr wants me to take ocp to bring back my af so my husband n I can ttc. Is that ok?
OCP won't help: Your period may come back in the next month. Ocps stop ovulation. You can get prego without a period first but need to ovulate to conceive. If you're still not ovulating some blood work and an ultrasound is needed to find out why - could be pcos, thyroid or prolactin hormone problems, low hormone levels, or low ovarian reserve. You may need pills like Clomid (clomiphene) or Letrozole to help you ovulate again. ...Read more
I have been forgettin to take my ocp late, the most is an hour late for a week atleast, would this have a problem with the pill not working properly?
Daily: Taking your birth control pills one hour late should not cause any problems. Make sure you take it everyday. ...Read more
How long does it take after stopping oral contraceptives for my natural cycle to swing back to its rhythm? Feeling so out of tune with my body lately.
Probably normal: Sometimees after sopping the pills it might take a few weeks for your period to return to normal. If it does not return, do a pregnancy test for reassurance. ...Read more
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