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What Will Happen If I Take Multiple Birth Control Pills
Emergency contracept: This is one of the options for emergency contraception, taking high-dose estrogen/progesterone to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. If taken properly (# of pills depends on the brand of birth control pill), it can reduce chance of pregnancy by~75-80%. A common side effect is nausea +/- vomiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on week : The number of pills missed, the strength of the pill and the week in question all impact the management. If you miss 1 - 2 pills of a 30 mcg ee formulation or 1 (active) pill of a 10-20 mcg ee pill, take 1 pill (active) as soon as you remember, then continue taking the pill pack. In cases when the missed pills are from the first week, a back-up method or emergency contraception may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing!: Literally! Skipping these pills will just cause you not to have a period. If you don't want a period, feel free to do this. There is no medical reason why you need to have a period, skipping them by taking birth control pills continuously (skipping the sugar pills at the end) is totally safe, does not increase your risk of cancers and has no effect on later fertility! Awesome huh? ...Read more
What happens if you miss some of your birth control pills? I missed three pills , should I still take them?
No: By the time a woman misses 3 bcp in a row, the chance she will ovulate and start a period is very high. I recommend a woman stop the current pack, take nothing for 4 more days and then start a new pack at the beginning. Back up birth control will need to be used until 2 weeks into the next pack, such as condoms. In order for bcp to work you need to take them same time every day. ...Read more
What can happen if I take active birth control pills during the week im suppose to be taking the inactive ones?
U will not: Get your period which is fine, but u need to be doing this with a monophasic pill, I do this with alot of my pts, who do not want their period, they stay on active pills , they never take the placebo and when they stop their periods will return to the way they would be at that age in their life meaning the pill does not have long term side efects on your period, feel sorry for your red sox. ...Read more
Once - nothing.: Accidental ingestion of birth control pills by a man should have no clinical consequences. Chronic ingestion could cause endocrine problems and even gynecomastia, poor sperm maturation or libido changes - although i cannot imagine why any man would chronically ingest birth control pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am taking birth control pills for hormone therapy. will it be okay to not take the white birth control pills, that are placebo pills.
According to package: The package is in order. Start with the first pill on the first row and take each pill along the row daily then to the next row, and continue the same until the pack is empty, then start the next pack. ...Read more
Uncommon, but...: If taken properly and reliably birth control is a very effective means of reducing the chance of becoming pregnant (around a 1-3% failure rate). The common reasons for birth control 'failure' is being noncompliant with the medication or taking another medication that interferes with the birth control pill (some antibiotics for example reduce BC effectiveness). ...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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