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Will a pap smear be performed when getting the birth control pill?

Will a pap smear be performed when getting the birth control pill?

Depends: You do not necessarily need a pap smear to get a prescription for birth control. Pap smears are currently recommended every three years for sexually-active women between 21-65. If you have had several normal pap smears and you and your doctor agree that you are low risk, you can consider increasing the interval between pap smears. ...Read more

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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 true that planned parenthood make you get a pap smear before giving birth control?

Is it true that planned parenthood make you get a pap smear before giving birth control?

Not necessarily. : A pap is recommended at age 21 and then every 2 years. If you had one already then you may not need one yet. ...Read more

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Why do I need a pap smear just to get a prescription for birth control? Why is a pap smear needed if i just want to get the birth control pill? .

It is important : Pap smears are important for sexually active women for early detection and management of early changes that may represent precursor cancerous lesions. Prevention and early intervention are better than cure and they reduce morbidity and healthcare coat. ...Read more

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If the gyno says you only have to use a second method of birth control after starting the pill, then is that really enough? Sex 14 after starting pil

If the gyno says you only have to use a second method of birth control after starting  the pill, then is that really enough? Sex 14 after starting pil

Starting BCP: Of course you have to use a different form of birth control when you are starting any hormone based form of birth control. This usually means condoms or the diaphragm. Yes, these barrier methods are 'enough' to prevent pregnancy if used correctly. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

What is the procedure for getting a pap smear for birth control when somebody is a virgin?

Probably not needed: Virgins usually don't require a pap smear as the majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by hpv which is sexually transmitted. You can discuss this further with the doctor precribing your birth control (and ask about the hpv vaccine). ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed after intercourse ?With the IUD as a birth control

Is it normal to bleed after intercourse ?With the IUD as a birth control

Not quite right: Bleeding after intercourse is seen frequent. Sometimes is not serious, but you have to have a doctor to check it. ...Read more

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Will an estrogen blood test be inaccurate if done whilst on birth control pill?

Will an estrogen blood test be inaccurate if done whilst on birth control pill?

Estrogen: The estrogen measured in your blood is different than the estrogen you are taking in the pill. The pill alters in some ways how your natural estrogen is produced in your ovaries. You will get a more true measurement of your natural estrogen if you go off of the pill and measure after you have had a couple of normal cycles. At your age, why are you measuring estrogen? Good luck. ...Read more

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When you first start taking the Depo-Provera shot, is a pap smear required?

When you first start taking the Depo-Provera shot, is a pap smear required?

Pap smear: It is not required, but if you are not up to date on your pap smear, it should be done. It is required to make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can you rely only on birth control pills when having sex to prevent pregnancy? with the same partner and never missing a pill.

Can you rely only on birth control pills when having sex to prevent pregnancy? with the same partner and never missing a pill.

Should: If taking properly, birth control pills are very effective, upwards of 99% effective. Other medications though, like antibiotics, may decrease the effectiveness of them and there are rare cases of pregnancy despite taking the pill. Chances are in you r favor of not being pregnant if taking the pill appropriately. ...Read more

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If you have had the mirena (levonorgestrel) removed and the very next day you start the birth control pill will you be safe?

Not necessarily: Mirena (levonorgestrel) and birth control pills work in different ways. Whether you would be safe would depend on what day of your menstrual month you had the Mirena (levonorgestrel) removed. Since many women on Mirena (levonorgestrel) don't have periods, its hard to know where you are. I wouldn't count on being protected but would plan to use a back-up method until you have a period. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

No: This seems a little long in terms of duration of symptomatology. I would go see a physician. I defer to some of my more experienced ob-gyn and internists on this group to further clarify. ...Read more

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Got an abortion back in may been using birth control having regular periods wen to the doctor had a positive pregnancy test why is that?

Got an abortion back in may been using birth control having regular periods wen to the doctor had a positive pregnancy test why is that?

Possibilities: There are a number of reasons that scenario could occur. One would be that the test gave a false positive. Another is that you are really pregnant (failure of your chosen birth control method). A trip back to the doctor for confirmation via testing or ultrasound may be warranted. ...Read more

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Would it be just fine to have sex with condoms while start the first week of birth control pills?

Would it be just fine to have sex with condoms while start the first week of birth control pills?

Yes: In fact it is recommended that women use a back up method of birth control when starting their first pack of birth control pills. Condoms work very well for this. Generally after being on the pill for 2 weeks backup is no longer needed. ...Read more

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Is it true that while on birth control pills you can't get an accurate thyroid test result?

BCP and Thyroid: Nope. This is not true. Any physician will be able to test your thyroid functions as needed. ...Read more

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Will have IUD put in when cycle starts but need Plan B pill for unprotected sex is that a problem?

Will have IUD put in when cycle starts but need Plan B pill for unprotected sex is that a problem?

It's ok: Taking Plan B before is not a problem. Placing an iud soon after unprotected intercourse is an old fashioned way of proving emergency birth control. As long as you are not already pregnant the iud insertion increases your chance of the emergency birth control working. ...Read more

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Is it possible to postpone my period by skipping a week of birth control pills?

Is it possible to postpone my period by skipping a week of birth control pills?

Yes: If you continue to take the active pill as opposed to the "sugar pill" you will delay you period. Your period will start a few days after stoping the active pill. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more