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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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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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If I missed two birth control pills in a row should I double the next dose or continue taking one a day like I would normally?

If I missed two birth control pills in a row should I double the next dose or continue taking one a day like I would normally?

Depends on Pill: Depends on kind of pill you take: combo estrogen-progesterone or just Progesterone pill. For estrogen-progesterone pills, it depends on where you are in the package. For a handy chart, see: http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org/health-topics/birth-control/if-forget-take-pill-19269.Htm this helps you know if you need to use back up method and for how long. ...Read more

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Are higher dose birth control pills discontinued?

Yes: Birth control pills with high dose estrogen (50ug) have been discontinued given that such a high dose isn't necessary. All doses now are generally fairly low at 20-35ug. If you're worried, consider a long acting method like an implant or IUD that do not contain estrogen at all! ...Read more

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Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

All are: There are no high dose birth control pills, all are low dose. Some are lower then others but none are high dose. The different doses amount to a marketing gimmick to make one pill a little different from another. There are very low dose pills that have much less estrogen than the average pill - there is no particular benefit to those pills and most of them have more BTB and more pregnancies. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

Is weight gain normal on low dose birth control pills?

No more than 2-3 lbs: Typically long term weight gain is not associated with low dose birth control pills. Upon starting a new pill there may be temporary fluid retention resulting in a 2-3 lb weight gain throught the first 2 to 3 packs of pills. This usually abates with long term use. ...Read more

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What should I do if I take low dose birth control pills and I bleed in the middle of my cycle?

What should I do if I take low dose birth control pills and I bleed in the middle of my cycle?

Change pills: The average dose of estrogen in most pills is equivalent to 30 or 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol. The "low dose" pills have only 15 to 20 micrograms - sometimes they are better tolerated in regard to nausea and headaches, but the downside is that there is a much greater frequency of breakthrough bleeding. There is also a greater risk of pregnancy. You should discuss a change with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do low dose birth control pills kill fertilized eggs if were to happen? And do regular pills also do that? Any that dont?

Do low dose birth control pills kill fertilized eggs if were to happen? And do regular pills also do that? Any that dont?

No, they don't: Birth control prevents ovulation from even occuring . If you were to have a fertilized egg then started taking birth control it would not kill it. ...Read more

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How effective are low dose birth control pills at preventing pregnancy

How effective are low dose birth control pills at preventing pregnancy

93% effective.: At your age, even with proper use the oral contraceptives (irrespective of low-dose or not) as ~93% effective in preventing undesired pregnancy. Talk to your gynecologist for other contraceptive options, such as the iud that is much more effective in pregnancy prevention and can last up to 10 years without having to remember taking a pill daily. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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