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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 benefits of taking birth control pills without hormones? Which is healthier, hormones or no hormones?

What are the benefits of taking birth control pills without hormones? Which is healthier, hormones or no hormones?

Haven't seen them: Haven't seen women's birth control pills without hormones. Can you post another question, and include the name or the pills? Perhaps you are referring to mini-pills that contain one instead of two hormones? ...Read more

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What's the benefit of taking low estrogen birth control pills?

What's the benefit of taking low estrogen birth control pills?

Less side effect: Some drs. Believe that despite "low estrogen" dosis is suppose to reduce the risk of side effects but also augments the number of ovulations. All birth control pills, patches, rings, injections produce the changes of a pregnancy in a woman but the majority of the time without a baby & still c a minimal chance of conceiving but aborting when the fetus can not get attached to the uterine lining. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to taking low estrogen birth control pills as suppose to regular ones?

Are there any benefits to taking low estrogen birth control pills as suppose to regular ones?

Side effects: The higher the estrogen the higher the riskd of blood clots, migranes, varicose veins, and breast pains. ...Read more

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What are the benefits & common side effect for birth control pills?

What are the benefits & common side effect for birth control pills?

Safe: Birth control pills prevents pregnancy by suppressing ovulation and prevents sperm penetration, but these pills are also used for other purposes .There are side effects as nausea vomitting,break through bleeding ,or delayed period ,headache .These are the common side effects. ...Read more

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Whats the benefits of taking micronor (norethindrone) instead of regular birth control pills?

Whats the benefits of  taking micronor (norethindrone) instead of regular birth control pills?

Micronor (norethindrone) advantages: Micronor (norethindrone) is the "mini" pill because it has a low dose of Progesterone and no estrogen. The advantage of it is that it does not interfere with breastfeeding and has fewer side-effects. The disadvantage is that it has a higher failure rate for preventing pregnancy than the traditional pills. ...Read more

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What age can u start taking birth control pills?

What age can u start taking birth control pills?

After menarche: Menarche is onset of menstruation. Birth control pills can be started at that time to regulate menses, prevent menstrual cramps, treat acne, as well as prevent pregnancy. However, remember that birth control pills won't prevent sexually transmitted diseases/ or infections. That's why it's important to use a condom each & every time. ...Read more

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When should someone start taking birth control pills?

When should someone start taking birth control pills?

Birth control basics: This is a good over view by Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/basics/birth-control-basics/hlv-20049454 ...Read more

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How long before i can start taking birth control pills?

Each oral : Contraceptive has different directions about how to start them up. ...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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What to expect for first time taking birth control pills ?

What to expect for first time taking birth control pills ?

Oral contraceptives: This is a good over view by Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/basics/birth-control-basics/hlv-20049454 ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for 1st time taking birth control pills ?

Can you give me suggestions for 1st time taking birth control pills ?

Take them regularly: The BCPs only work if you take them. Often when starting women can forget a pill and that can lead to a whole series of challenges. Best to associate taking the pill with something that you do without fail every day, (like brushing your teeth). Put a rubber band around the BCP pack and your toothbrush, so whenever you brush your teeth, (at night), you will take that day's pill. ...Read more

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What can I do to control my emotions while taking birth control pills?

What can I do to control my emotions while taking birth control pills?

If you are on an: Emotional roller coaster then you may not be on the optimum oral contraceptive or strength - please let your prescribing provider know. ...Read more

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When taking birth control pills what counts as the "same time" everyday ?

When taking birth control pills what counts as the "same time" everyday ?

Depends: The timing depends on the amount of hormone in the pills. If there is a lower amount, the time frame is small -30 to 60 minutes. If larger, then about two hours. It is best to select time that is relatively routine daily. ...Read more

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Is taking birth control pills really dangerous or they are safe to take?

Is taking birth control pills really dangerous or they are safe to take?

Depends: In general birth control pills are a safe drug to take but with all drugs there are side effects and your health history to take into account. Birth control pills are not safe for women with a history of clotting disorders, they are not safe for smokers, they should be used in caution for women with migraine headaches. Talk to your doctor to see if you are safe to take these types of medication. ...Read more

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Are there any specific foods I should avoid while taking birth control pills?

No.: Even "aphrodisiacs" are safe! have to be careful with other medications though. Your prescribing physician should always know your complete list of medications. ...Read more

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I want to start taking birth control pills. Which would be a good one to start on?

I want to start taking birth control pills. Which would be a good one to start on?

Any: Any of the currently available oral contraceptives are safe and effective. Many of the very low dose pills do have a greater risk of pregnancy and of breakthrough bleeding and spotting. A pill with the average dose of estrogen would be the best choice. ...Read more

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When is the best time of the month to start taking birth control pills? Does it matter?

When is the best time of the month to start taking birth control pills? Does it matter?

It depends: It depends on whether you can be sure you're not pregnant--no sex in the last month, consistent birth control. If no risk of pregnancy, you can do a "quick start" and start anytime. Many doctors advise starting on the first day of a period. Use back up birth control for 7 days if you start anytime other than day 1 of your period. ...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. Gary Sandler
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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