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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


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What is the best contraception while on accutane?

What is the best contraception while on accutane?

The one that...: ...Prevents you from getting pregnant. I'm not being flippant; if you get pregnant while taking Accutane the risk of having a baby with birth defects is very high. So you need to do whatever you have to do to avoid becoming pregnant. Most experts advise using at least two distinct forms of birth control. Of course, the only foolproof way to avoid becoming pregnant is to not have sex. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if i go on accutane, will the doctor make me go on birth control?

I'm wondering if i go on accutane, will the doctor make me go on birth control?

Absolutely: Accutane is a major cause of birth defects. You absolutely cannot become pregnant while taking this med. And don't depend on your partner to provide the birth control. You need to do it. ...Read more

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How effective is Accutane for acne and do you need to be on birth control to take it?

Need birth control!: Accutane is a very effective treatment when other treatments have failed. However, this medicine can cause terrible birth defects. You should be on two forms of birth control to use this medicine, and most states put restrictions on which doctors can even write for this medicine. These concerns limited to female patients, but also some warnings regarding patients with mental health issues a well. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to stop using birth control pills while on Accutane without your doctor knowing?

Yes: Your doctor is trusting you to take the pills. You can have a baby with birth defects if you get pregnant on acutane. Don't go there! ...Read more

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Does Accutane reduce the effectiveness of the Nexplanon implant birth control? I will be taking Accutane soon and I would like to know.

Does Accutane reduce the effectiveness of the Nexplanon implant birth control? I will be taking Accutane soon and I would like to know.

Accutane: All women of child bearing age who are contemplating use of Accutane should be on birth control. There is no known contraindication with Nexplanon and this type of long-term contraception can minimize accidental pregnancy due to noncompliance with medication. ...Read more

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I had sex last night and didn't use a condom but am on week 4 of my birth control. Will Plan B work especially since I am on Accutane?

I had sex last night and didn't use a condom but am on week 4 of my birth control. Will Plan B work especially since I am on Accutane?

Birth Control pills: Your birth control pills are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. This is true even during the week that you don't take the pill if you are on 21 day packs instead of the 28 day pack. Plan B isn't necessary. Condom use in this scenario is primarily to prevent STD transmission. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have hair loss and birth control with accutane-?

Is it normal to have hair loss and birth control with accutane-?

Accutane ; Hair Loss: One of accutane's well known side effects is hair loss. Your genetic risk for hair loss and the duration of your Accutane treatment determines its severity. The good news is that we've successfully reversed hair loss in Accutane patients. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my mild acne? Birth control pills help with acne but i also looked into accutane(but maybe that's too strong for my acne) any suggestions?

How to get rid of my mild acne? Birth control pills help with acne but i also looked into accutane(but maybe that's too strong for my acne) any suggestions?

Reduce acne: ?Wash your face twice a day with warm water, and do not use harsh soaps. Instead, use a gentle non-soap facial skin cleanser (Cetaphil). ?Do not pick or squeeze pimples. This can make acne worse and damage the skin. ?Avoid oil-based make-up and skin products. Look for non-comedogenic products. If you have mild acne, you can try non-prescription acne products. ...Read more

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Is accutane something I should look into for acne? Im taking birth control and doxycycline and I'm not sure if these both are working.

Is accutane something I should look into for acne? Im taking birth control and doxycycline and I'm not sure if these both are working.

Severe acne?: Accutane is indicated for severe non responsive to other treatments type acne. Of course, you must remain on your secure contraceptive method as Accutane can cause birth defects in unintended pregnancies. Check with your Dermatologist to receive all the "Yays and Nays" of the medication. ...Read more

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I've been on antibiotics/birth control/tazorac for acne for years, but I've been flaring up for the last few months. Is Accutane my only option left?

See a dermatologist: Acne eruptions will vary both in precipitating factors, presentation and treatment. It would be best to discuss your options with a dermatologist familiar with your case. ...Read more

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My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet. Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet.  Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

BCP help acne: You certainly do not want to get pregnant while on Accutane due to possible birth defects. Most bcp will help acne. Your derm may be uncomfortable prescribing it so please see your gynecologist. Bcp can always be an adjunct to any meds your derm prescribes. ...Read more

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For acne I tried tretinoin, oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice? Is it safe?

For acne I tried tretinoin,  oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice?  Is it safe?

Yes: Accutane is very effective for cystic acne. It has the potential to adversely effect the growth and development of an unborn child if you become pregnant, so it is very very important that if you are sexually active that two forms of birth control are used. ...Read more

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Which is the best contraception? Oral condoms or other?

Which is the best contraception? Oral condoms or other?

Birth Control: There is no right answer. All of them work as long as you use them as intended. One should choose the birth control that is easiest for them to use and where no mistakes will occur. ...Read more

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How should I determine what the best contraception is for me?

How should I determine what the best contraception is for me?

Options: A good health history should be taken, including sexual history & evaluation for high risk sexual behavior. At the minimum, a breast & pelvic exam with pap smear & cultures for std. All options for birth control should be offered & discussed. Usually a follow up for blood pressure check after 1-2 months if using birth control hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest the best method of contraception to use as a back up to condoms?

Contraception: Nuvaring is excellent........It allows you to always be in control without worrying about side effects that BCP can cause. ...Read more

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Which form of contraception is the best, the injection or the pill and which is better in terms of side effects?

Which form of contraception is the best, the injection or the pill and which is better in terms of side effects?

The 1 you like : There is no one method of birth control that is right for everyone. The best birth-control for you is the one that you like and you will use consistently. Schedule a visit with your doctor to go over the options and find one that is right for you. ...Read more

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Should I take dianette (contraception)? Is it the best kind?

Should I take dianette (contraception)? Is it the best kind?

Contraceptives: There is no one "best" contraceptive. Sit down with your physician & discuss pro's and con's for your individual situation. ...Read more

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From when can I use contraception after c-section ? What will be the best contraception after c-section ?

From when can I use contraception after c-section ? What will be the best contraception after c-section ?

BC: It truly depends on what is more comfortable to you. The question is if you rather take a pill daily or x3 months or implants 3-5-10 yrs. You are quite young, so I am not sure if you are considering a permanent method at this point. Consult with your physician. ...Read more

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What's the best contraception that dose not give side effects except copper IUD and comdons plz?

What's the best contraception that dose not give side effects except copper IUD and comdons plz?

Many options: The best birth control is the one that you like. The answer is different for everyone. Options include mirena, (levonorgestrel) paragard, nexplanon, pills, the patch, nuvaring, depoprovera, condoms, diaphragm and abstinence. ...Read more

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What if we checked a few weeks later and she was pregnant ? and we did not use any emergency contraceptions. Whats the best thing to do to miscarriage

What if we checked a few weeks later and she was pregnant ? and we did not use any emergency contraceptions. Whats the best thing to do to miscarriage

See a doctor: I highly doubt that you will receive any advise on this site on how to terminate a pregnancy as there are no 'safe' ways. It is dangerous and can cause your death or severe medical problems. If you desire pregnancy termination, please see your doctor so you may receive proper counseling and care. ...Read more

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What is the best emergency contraception for a over weight girl like me? I am 5'3 and 300lb

What is the best emergency contraception for a over weight girl like me? I am 5'3 and 300lb

Plan B will: Probably work, but the best contraception is not needing emergency contraception in the first place. Plan ahead, and have some form of contraception, such as condoms, ready when you need them. Emergency contraception doesn't prevent the transmission of HIV or std's. ...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


Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more