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What Is The Difference Betwee28n 21 Day Birth Control Pills
Not much: Both types have 21 active pills taken during the first three weeks of your cycle. The extra 7 pills in the 28 pill pack are inactive. When the 21 pill pack runs out, you wait 7 days then start a new one. With the 28 pill pack you start a new pack as soon as the old one runs out. It both cases menses occur during the 4th week due to hormone withdrawal. ...Read more
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
Few: The manufacturers would have you believe a great deal, but my experience tells me otherwise. While there are certain reasons to choose one pill over another, most pills are far more similar than they are different. ...Read more
No clear differences: There is no clear evidence that users of any one particular pill will have more or fewer side effects. Every person is different, & success with pills can't be predicted--you have to try it on (like finding the best pair of blue jeans).Most people do well on the 1st pill they try, and almost everyone can find a pill that works. Give it a fair try ~3 months if you can, as many mild side effects go away. ...Read more
If I took a few of my birth control pills a few hours late does it make much of a difference? I didn't miss any but I took some up to 5hrs late
No trouble: There is nothing wrong in this scenario. The requirement is to take them daily. Not to take them at the same time daily. ...Read more
Same drug: With bc, original name is protected by a patent for a period of time. When that patent runs out, another drug company can make that same medicine with the same basic ingredients, but a different name. This is called a "generic" drug. The fda assumes that this medicine works the same, but blood levels may vary somewhat from the original brand name. ...Read more
Estrogen dosage: The original pill contained 150ug of estrogen. Over the last 50'years, the dosages have dropped to 35 and 30 ug - relatively higher dosages - to 20 ug - low dosage - to a newer 10 ug pill - the lowest available. Benefits can include shorter, lighter periods and possibly improved safety and effectiveness - with increasing the days taken from 21 to 26. ...Read more
What is the difference between the Plan B emergency contraceptive and regular birth control pills?
Mechanisms differ: Plan b is levonorgestrel. It alters the tubes to prevent passage of the eggs and sperm and prevent fertilization. It also alters the endometrium to prevent implantation. Birth control pills usually contain an estrogen and a progesterone. They suppress LH and FSH to prevent ovulation. They also alter the cervical mucous to prevent sperm from entering. ...Read more
If birth control pills were adding to my depression, how long after going off of them would I notice a difference?
Right away: The hormones in birth control pills are gone from you system in a day, and then your body will start to have a natural cycle--which involves hormonal changes, which can also affect your moods. Lots of things also affect moods, but if you are persistently feeling depressed, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
I have just switched birth control pills (from azurette to nordette). Will I notice any differences (namely, weight gain)?
No: You shouldn't notice much of any difference between the two. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.
Ultrasound: Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid. Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope. ...Read more
What is the difference between Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) bcp and other birth control pills please explain Thankyou?
One type: Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is one of the hundreds of brands of birth control pills. Each brand had slight differences but not much, essentially each is a variation of the same concept ...Read more
Hello, I am trying to decide btw birth control pills and the Nexplanon implant. Lutera caused weigh gain. Trying to understand difference btw 2 option?
Implant works best: Nexplanon delivers small amounts of a progestin hormone into your body which block your ovulation and cause changes in your cervix and uterus that protect you from getting pregnant very effectively for several years. Most contraceptive pills are a combination of 2 hormones, a progestin and an estrogen which also block ovulation, prevent pregnancy but have to be taken daily and are less effective. ...Read more
I just switched birth control pills from triphasil to yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) will I notice any difference?
Maybe: Response is variable.Get a more detailed answer ›
Help please? What is the difference between ortho cyclen and ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) birth control pills?
The dose of hormones: OrthoCyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) is monophasic means you take the same dose of hormones everyday. OrthTryCiclen is thriphasic meaning you take a smaller dose at the beginning a higher dose during the middle of your cycle to prevent ovulation and a lower dose during the last week to have your period. It depends on your medical history and your sensitivity to oral contraceptives what determines which is best for you. ...Read more
What is the difference between taking anaprox (naproxen) and taking birth control pills for painful periods?
Different mechanism: Both medications work but by very different mechanisms. In rare cases we will combine both medications together. ...Read more
I'm pretty sure I just started my period but I'm not suppose to for another 3 weeks and I'm on the 28 day birth control pills. Why is this?
Probably alright: It's not unusual to have some irregularity with BCPs. Continue taking your pills. To be safe you might want to check a OTC pregnancy test. You may need a change in your BCP. ...Read more
I started sprintec 28 day birth control pills the first sunday after my period. It's been two weeks now, when will it be effective?
Now.: You started the bcp's exactly the way you were supposed to, so they are effective now. ...Read more
I take 28 day birth control pills. In my new pack I didn't take the 1st sun pill but I continued w/ mon. Its 3 weeks later w/ lots peeing. Am I preg?
Unlikely, ...: ......But possible. Check a test next week. ...Read more
Jul 12 last day birth control pills. Didn't take last week/brown inactive pills. Have menopause. Single, not pregnant. Still NO period. Done w/period?
Maybe, maybe not: It is not uncommon for periods to "skip" as one approaches menopause, but can still fire out one last egg like a dying Roman candle which can result in an unintended pregnancy. Have your GYN MD run a FSH blood test to see how far you are along in this process, and don't forget to use some non hormonal form means of contraception if you are sexually active to avoid the "change of life" baby. ...Read more
Consistent: For most type of birth control pills it is advisable to take them around the same time everyday. It could be any time during the day as long as it is consistent. ...Read more
Take as directed: I don't know what you mean you took on the wrong day. You are supposed to take your pill every day, once you have started it after your period. Usually adviced to start on sunday following your period, but even if it is started on a different day, you still have to continue to take a pill daily. ...Read more
It depends.: If you're able to start the Pill within the first 7 days of your cycle (day 1=first day of period) you will NOT need a back up form of contraception. Otherwise, you need to be on the Pill for at least 7 days before you can rely on the Pill alone. At age 17, you may not be ready to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, so please be extra careful. ...Read more
Two pills: Please skip one day and then go back to one a day. ...Read more
See below: Takig 7/day is a treatment for heavy uterine bleeding. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
Pharmacology of BC:
Tri-Sprintec contains norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol. These compounds have their own half-lives of elimination. After you take this pill, the peak concentrations are seen around 2 hours, however, there are also active metabolites that last in your system that have half lives varying from 17-36 hours. Small amounts then persist for 4-5 times the half life.
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They are likely: To afford less protection if used incorrectly. ...Read more
On what day can I start birth control pills for the first time? I am currently on day 14 of my normal cycle length of 35 days
OCP: Best to start you first pill the Sunday after your period ...Read more
My normal cycle is 25 days but this timei had it on 17th day first time ever. Is something wrong. I had two birth control pills last month?
Shorter periods: If you took your birth control pills a little off cycle then it is possible that this is just abnormal bleeding due to that. Make sure you take your pills at the same time every day. If the bleeding problems continue, you may need to just change your pill. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more
Do u have to take birth control pills the exact same time every day? For instance I started my first pill yesterday at 7:30 pm must I take the 2nd one today at exactly 7:30 pm also?
No: You should try to take the pill approximately the same time each day, morning or night. But being an hour or two off schedule is ok. Just don't take one in the morning, one at night, etc. ...Read more
Good day! Is it true that when a woman is hepa positive, she can't take contraceptive/birth control pills?
Not necessarily: Hepatitis a, also called infectious hepatitis, is an acute inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis a virus. In the vast majority of cases a person will recover from this with no significant long term liver damage. One would absolutely not take ocp's during the acute infection, but once recovered it is acceptable to resume taking them with close monitoring of liver function. ...Read more
Is it okay and what to expect when birth control pills aren't being taken anymore (last day being the 13th pill in the pack)?
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
I am taking lomedia 24fe birth control pills. I take at the same time ech day but what is the time frame and for it to be 100%effective each day?
I recently started taking birth control pills (on 2nd pack now) but realized I never put the "day strip" at the top of my pack, does that affect me?
No: No it won't, but you need to finish this pack and then use the day strip for the next month. Most women use the day strip to designate the day they want their period to start. ...Read more
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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