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What is the difference betwee28n 21 day birth control pills?

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

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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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Are there any major differences between different types of birth control pills?

Are there any major differences between different types of birth control pills?

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

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What is the difference between various brands of birth control pills?

What is the difference between various brands of birth control pills?

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

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Is there a difference between errin and jolviette birth control pills?

Is there a difference between errin and jolviette birth control pills?

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

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What's the difference between cyclen and tri cyclen birth control pills?

Hormone doses: Cyclen is a "monophasic" pill-- every active pill in the pack has the same type and amount of hormone. Tri-cyclen is a "triphasic" pill-- there are three different doses of hormone in the pack. That is why there are different colored pills in the tri-cyclen pack. ...Read more

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What is the difference between low hormone and high hormone birth control pills?

What is the difference between low hormone and high hormone birth control pills?

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

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Difference in levonorgestrel 150 mcg and desogestrel 150 mcg in birth control pills?

Difference in levonorgestrel 150 mcg and desogestrel 150 mcg in birth control pills?

Not much: These are 2 different types of Progesterone used in the pills. Both have are safe and have been used for many years. ...Read more

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What are the differences between demulen 1/50 and demulen 1/35 birth control pills?

What are the differences between demulen 1/50 and demulen 1/35 birth control pills?

Ethinylestradiol: Demulen 1/50 contains 1 mg of the progestin Ethynodiol and 50 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol, whereas Demulen 1/35 contains 35 micrograms of ethinylestradiol. A doctor would be able to tell which dosage pill is best for the woman ...Read more

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What is the difference between the Plan B emergency contraceptive and regular birth control pills?

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

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If birth control pills were adding to my depression, how long after going off of them would I notice a difference?

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

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Does being switched to low dose birth control pills make a difference in your 'period'?

Does being switched to low dose birth control pills make a difference in your 'period'?

Not really: Ideally you should be on low dose pill to prevent the side effects of high dose of estrogen, it is mostly used for people who have heavy bleeding, I mean high dose estrogen pill ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.

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

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What is the difference between Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) bcp and other birth control pills please explain Thankyou?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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When during the day is it optimal to take birth control pills?

When during the day is it optimal to take birth control pills?

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

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I took my birth control pills on the wrong day. What should I do?

I took my birth control pills on the wrong day. What should I do?

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

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Do I have to use back up on birth control pills? Random Day starter

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

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I took 3 birth control pills in one day by mistake. What should I do?

I took 3 birth control pills in one day by mistake. What should I do?

No to worry: A single day of overdose will not affect anything. Do not keep it up since that can cause symptoms. ...Read more

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How long do birth control pills last in your system before you take another pill on a new day?

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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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?

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

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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

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Can you ovulate on the 7th day of your inactive birth control pills?

No: If you are taking them correctly and not missing days, birth control pills will suppress ovulation all month long, including during the week of inactive pills. Its highly unlikely that you would ovulate on the 7th day of your inactive pills. ...Read more

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Good day! Is it true that when a woman is hepa positive, she can't take contraceptive/birth control pills?

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

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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)?

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)?

Stopping pills: You will no longer have protection against pregnancy and you will likely have onset on menses. If it is heavy or lasting too long, more than 5-7 days see your doctor. The best time to stop pills is at the end of the pack. All the best. ...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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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?

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

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. Janice Alexander
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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