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I want to start using birth control, what do you recommend?

I want to start using birth control, what do you recommend?

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

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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Is it okay to start using birth control pills on the last day of your period?

Is it okay to start using birth control pills on the last day of your period?

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

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If I start using birth control for the first time can it mess up my breast milk?

If I start using birth control for the first time can it mess up my breast milk?

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

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Can gain weight by using birth control?

Can gain weight by using birth control?

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

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Using birth control not effective, why?

Using birth control not effective, why?

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

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What is the prose and con of using birth control?

What is the prose and con of using birth control?

Small list: Here are just a few of each:

pro's - birth control, less cramping, less bleeding, control of pms, regulation of cycles

con's - may exacerbate blood pressure, headaches, cause mood changes, increased risk for blood clots

this should be discussed with your doctor! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about using enskyce birth control?

Can you tell me about using enskyce birth control?

Combination pill: Enskyce is a combination oral contraceptive pill containing a low dose of ethynil Estradiol and desogestrel which are hormones commonly used in a variety of pills. This is a mid range dose pill. The side effect profile should be similar to most other pills. ...Read more

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What type of birth control do you recommend using?

What type of birth control do you recommend using?

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

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What are some advantages of using the birth control patch?

What are some advantages of using the birth control patch?

Timing: The birth control patch only needs to be changed once a week, which makes it easier to remember that a daily pill. ...Read more

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What are some disadvantages of using the birth control patch?

What are some disadvantages of using the birth control patch?

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

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I'm considering using birth control patches. Do they have weight gains as effects as well? If so, how much weight?

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

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Can using cocain affect your birth control?

Can using cocain affect your birth control?

Unknown: No reported studies on cocaine's effect on birth control but cocaine use during pregnancy is definitely hazardous to the infant's normal development during and after delivery....and cocaine is a dangerous substance to be using period! ...Read more

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Does using birth control patches increase my risk for stroke?

Does using birth control patches increase my risk for stroke?

Yes: Birth control has hormones that can increase the risk for stroke. It's one of the well known complications. That risk is multiplied if you also smoke. However in young healthy nonsmoking individuals that overall risk is still pretty low. ...Read more

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Does using the birth control patch increase my risk for stroke?

Does using the birth control patch increase my risk for stroke?

Not really clear: The fda put it back on the market. Earlier it was thought toouvh estrogen was absorbed by the patch but recent studies have not proven risks. ...Read more

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I stopped taking birth control a month ago only after using it for 4 months how soon can I get prenant?

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

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Does aviane birth control make u gain weight? And I just started using this pill a week ago can I have inprotected sex

Does aviane birth control make u gain weight? And I just started using this pill a week ago can I have inprotected sex

Weight gain?: 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

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Receiving birth control shots; would we be okay not using a condom?

Receiving birth control shots; would we be okay not using a condom?

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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What to if I am using an IUD form of birth control. Any thoughts or ideas?

Please be specific: We volunteer out time to provide answers/comments on this site. We simply ask that consumers provide background information on a problem and ask a related question. Do you have a concern? Is it about risks, effectiveness, something else? You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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Birth control, help!?

Birth control, help!?

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

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How safe is birth control?

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

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How good is birth control?

How good is birth control?

>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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How much is birth control?

How much is birth control?

Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method I know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It is $12 for 3 packs at any walmart or kroger. ...Read more

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How to chose birth control?

Get informed: You can read about various forms of birth control and select the form most appealing to you. You can discuss the available options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is birth control dangerous?

It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances. ...Read more

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How can birth control work?

Varies: That depends on the type of birth control used: condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, contraceptive medications. Some may provide a barrier and some may work hormonally. ...Read more

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How good is my birth control?

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

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Affects of birth control shot?

Affects of birth control shot?

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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Where can I get birth control?

Store or Office: You can get condoms at any pharmacy store. Most towns have a planned parenthood office which offers all types of birth control as well as well-women exams or see your family physician. You can also call any ob/gyn office to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Most physicians offer birth control so make a call soon. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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