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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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What are the disadvantages, if any, to taking the continuous or extended dose birth control pill?

What are the disadvantages, if any, to taking the continuous or extended dose birth control pill?

Usually advantageous: Continous oral contraceptive use is associated with less bleeding over time than 21/7 oc regimens. Other noncontraceptive benefits include less pms-like symptoms i.e., pain and bloating. Women who suffer with menstrual migraines may have less frequent headaches. A continuous or extended oc regimen is ideal for women who have prolonged menses as well. ...Read more

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What are examples of combination birth control pills?

What are examples of combination birth control pills?

Many different: There are many different names of combination birth control pills-some brand names and some generics-with many different hormone combinations (atype of estrogen and a type of synthetic progesterone)and also different doses.All prevent pregnancy, but may have minor variations in metabolism, side effects, and how you as an individual tolerate themthere is little evidence that any 1 pill is better. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of birth control pill usage?

What are some symptoms of birth control pill usage?

Regular periods: Not sure i understand the intent of the question. The benefits of using birth control include regular periods, shorter bleeding, less cramping, less risk of infections and ovarian cysts, . Side effects can occur that include irregular bleeding, headaches, breast tenderness, frequent yeast infections, nausea, etc. Both lists are too long to include here. Please clarify the question. Thanks. ...Read more

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Could you switch between birth control brands or methods of contraception without side effects?

Could you switch between birth control brands or methods of contraception without side effects?

Maybe,maybe not: One of the reasons for dozens of available BCP's is the difference in individual women.Various pills have a differing combinations or doses of hormones.Some will do well on one preparation while others will not tolerate it. Yet a different preparation is likely to meet the needs of most women.Switching between similar dose/blends from different drug companies may go easier than changing the mix. ...Read more

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What are some psychological side-effects of using birth control contraceptives or iud?

What are some psychological side-effects of using birth control contraceptives or iud?

Varies: Contraceptives that contain hormones do cause mood changes in some women. Some women have less cyclic symptoms and certainly there are emotional and psychological effects related to concerns about contraception and pregnancy possibilities. ...Read more

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What are the consequences for taking birth control pills?

What did your doc sa: Say , most people do quite well, pills prevent pregnancy and can prevent ovarian cysts, and should make your period less heavy with less cramping if u are on the right pill for u, anyone can have a side effect that u can read about online. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control pills and thinking about switching birth control to iud..What are the pros and cons?

I'm on birth control pills and thinking about switching birth control to iud..What are the pros and cons?

IUD's are one of the most highly effective contraceptive options.: They are approved for use in women who have and have not been pregnant. They have few side effects and are compatible with other medications. Mirena (levonorgestrel) can last 5 years. Paragard can last ten years. Certain infections, uterine anomalies may preclude the use of an iud. ...Read more

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What can be the effects of switching birth control pills?

What can be the effects of switching birth control pills?

It varies: Sometimes switching birth-control pills can cause intermittent spotting. As long as the dosage and hormonal content is similar the contraceptive abilities usually don't change if the pills are taking accordingly. ...Read more

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What are the complications of using birth control pills while having diabetes?

What are the complications of using birth control pills while having diabetes?

Watch x wt. gain: Birth control hormones or oral contraceptives cause gain weight, fluid retention and other possible side effects which is something to be aware of for diabetics. ...Read more

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Besides condoms, what other forms of birth control don't have the side effects of birth control pills?

Besides condoms, what other forms of birth control don't have the side effects of birth control pills?

Barrier methods?: Well, depends on which side effects you're asking about, all methods have their own side effect profile. Barrier methods like a diaphragm have no side effect, and iuds have no estrogenic side effects. ...Read more

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Sometimes I skip inactive pills when taking birth control. What are the effects of this?

Sometimes I skip inactive pills when taking birth control. What are the effects of this?

OK: It is common (and safe and effective) to have an extended cycle with oral contraceptives. There are no negative effects for doing this. Some women will experience breakthrough bleeding, but for most they just avoid unnecessary bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the emotional consequences of taking birth control pills?

What are the emotional consequences of taking birth control pills?

It depends...: Women who suffer from depression and take anti-depressant medications usually do quite well on oral contraceptive pills. The pills themselves are not known to cause emotional symptoms. If emotional or psychological symptoms do begin after starting the pill, it may signal that there was an undiagnosed problem that already existed. If this does happen, please see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of the birth control pill aleese?

What are some side effects of the birth control pill aleese?

Similar to others: All birth control pills carry similar side effects. These include nausea, breast tenderness, change in menses and other side effects common to all medications. Rare side effects include blood clots which can lead to stroke, deep venous thrombosis and heart attacks. ...Read more

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What are the advantages to taking lessina birth control?

What are the advantages to taking lessina birth control?

Low dose generic: Its not expensive and is an effective low dose birth control pill. If you smoke or have high blood pressure, or have history of serious blood clots, do not use any birth control pill as your risks for serious side effects are high. ...Read more

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On 100mg of topomax for migraines are birth control pills still a reliable method or what are my birth control options?

On 100mg of topomax for migraines are birth control pills still a reliable method or what are my birth control options?

May interact: Topamax (topiramate) is a seizure medication that is being used for migraines. There are reports of interaction with birth control pills. There can be less protection from the bcps and less benefit from the topamax (topiramate). Migraines can get worse with bcps. Consider iud. Consider depoprovera. ...Read more

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Which pill is better? Belara or Yasmin? Or are all birth control pills 99.9% effective?

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Which  pill is better? Belara or Yasmin? Or are all birth control pills 99.9% effective?

Choice of pills: Is done usually by the side effects rather than efficacy at preventing pregnancy. Birth control pills are theoretically effective up to 99.7% but in real world situations (due to forgetting to take, incorrect starts, etc) can be as low as 90%, and that shouldn't differ much amongst different pill formulations unless one is very large where higher-dose pills may be needed to control the cycles ...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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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