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When Do You Start Using Birth Control
Work with doctor: For starting birth control, I recommend a thorough exam and discussion with your primary care or gyn physician. They know about all birth control methods -- and are expert in reviewing any health problems you may have, and prescribing the form of birth control most suited to you. ...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
Yes: If this is your first pack of birth control pills you can start it on the last day of your period. Commonly I have women starting their first pack begin on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. If you have been taking the pill already start the second pack the day after finishing the first pack. ...Read more
More complicated: We generally recommend staying away from estrogen containing birth control methods. They do not harm the breastmilk but they will decrease the production. Non estrogen containing methods are better choices like the "mini" pill, depoprovera shot, implanon, Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud and paragard iud. ...Read more
Some people can: Depending on the persona nd the pill if it is u, I would rec an in office tubal sterilization, and if I was going to put you on a pill at your age the only pill I would put u on is loloestrin as it is the only 10mcg pill on the market- so it would be the safest one for u. ...Read more
Hard to say: The only 100% effective method is abstinence. IUD's are about 99%, the pill about 95% and condoms about 80%.Other than the IUD, the ohe other methods require that people know how to use them and use them correctly every time. Failure to follow the recommended practices is the usual reason for failure. ...Read more
Birth control: That all depends on yor specific health conditions. At 48 years old, good methods might include an iud such as mirena, (levonorgestrel) the contraceptive implant, or one of the types of sterilization such as tubal ligation or essure. Some healthy women who don't smoke can still take low-dose oral contraceptives at age 48. There's no one right answer for everyone. ...Read more
Blood clot: Any birth control method that has estrogen in it has rare, but serious, side effects like blood clot, stroke and heart attack. Keep in mind however that getting pregnant has a risk of blood clot that is 6 to 10 times greater than birth control. Also to keep things in prespective...Driving your car is probably the riskiest thing you do on a daily basis. ...Read more
I'm considering using birth control patches. Do they have weight gains as effects as well? If so, how much weight?
Usually no: Most women don't gain weight with hormonal birth control (pills, patch, ring) as shown in studies yrs ago--women taking placebo gained as much as women taking high dose pills. Some women with other types of bc can gain weight--as with the shot. Most with other types of bc don't. Pregnancy does make you gain weight! ...Read more
I stopped taking birth control a month ago only after using it for 4 months how soon can I get prenant?
Almost immediately: Ovulation returns in about 2-4 weeks after stopping the birth control pill. You need not wait to try although there is some data suggesting twins in the first month after stopping. If you want information about menstruation and ovulation see my vimeo account: cascade fertility and michael opsahl md. ...Read more
Does aviane birth control make u gain weight? And I just started using this pill a week ago can I have inprotected sex
Oral contraceptives do not have weight gain associated with them according to studies but each woman's chemistry is unique. Reaction to the hormones may increase hunger, fatigue, water retention but not all pills are the same. If needed, try others to find the best pill for you.
Taken the same time for a week, the high hormone levels usually prevent ovulation. Worried? Use backup method x 21days. ...Read more
BCP: Best to consult your ob/gyn first.Get a more detailed answer ›
If u: Are on the shots and are getting them at the correct time and are not worried about any stds then you should not need the condom. ...Read more
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Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals (long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you. ...Read more
Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth control, all methods are considered safer than pregnancy, which has a higher risk of complications and mortality (death) rate). ...Read more
Discuss with doctor: Effectiveness of birth control varies depending on the method type and use by the patient. Permanent sterilization, implants, iuds are among the most effective (99% with perfect use) while pills, patches, and injections are not as effective but still reliably prevent pregnancy (94-98%). A woman's knowledge of proper timing and administration should be from extensive counseling by her doctor. ...Read more
A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss. ...Read more
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