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Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Birth control: Birth-control is highly effective when taken correctly. The withdrawal method is very ineffective. If you are using birth control correctly then adding the withdrawal method is not necessary. If you want extra reassurance use condoms. ...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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Can you tell me about the withdrawal method of birth control?

Can you tell me about the withdrawal method of birth control?

Not efffective: The withdrawl method is when the male pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation occurs. This is a very poor method of birth control. Even prior to ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of fluid that contain sperm. ...Read more

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How effective is withdrawal as a birth control method to prevent pregnancy?

How effective is withdrawal as a birth control method to prevent pregnancy?

Like Russian roulette: The penis (gun) is loaded & secreting sperm continuously during intercourse. It only takes one healthy sperm getting trough to get you pregnant. If this is your BC method make plans for pregnancy, since it is likely to happen sooner or later. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get 2 withdrawal bleeds from birth control and still be pregnant? I am getting negative home pregnancy tests

Is it possible to get 2 withdrawal bleeds from birth control and still be pregnant? I am getting negative home pregnancy tests

Back to High School: One does not get pregnant on birth control. That would be extremely unusual. Why would you even spend one second wondering if you are pregnant? ...Read more

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I have started what I think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will I ovulate?

I have started what I think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will I ovulate?

2 weeks: When stopping birth control pills with the last pill in the package, not anytime before, ovulation can be anticipated 2 weeks from stopping the pill. This calculation still comes with a significant margin of error. If pregnancy is desired, pregnancy tests a week apart from the day of the first anticipated period after stopping the pill will catch a pregnancy early. Else, condoms until next period ...Read more

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What are common birth control withdrawal symptoms?

What are common birth control withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal: When coming off birth control the body will attempt to recalibrate itself. This may result in unpleasant side effects that include erratic mood, increases in sensory sensitivity (e.g. Smells and scents), breast tenderness, reduced breast size, inconsistent or heavy menstruation, cramping, acne and some weight loss. ...Read more

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Stopped my birth control had withdrawal bleed and then I have spotted on two occasions. Why does this happen?

Stopped my birth control had withdrawal bleed and then I have spotted on two occasions. Why does this happen?

Can be normal: First make sure that you are not pregnant. This can be normal for the first 2 or 3 cycles until your hormones start to work again. I would see your doctor if your menses do not regulate after 3 months. ...Read more

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How long does birth control withdrawal bleed last? Mine's come of the 2nd off active pills and is very light. Is it normal?

5-7 days.: Birth control withdrawal bleeds as experienced by taking oral contraceptives would last up until you take the last sugar or placebo pill.
It is quite normal. ...Read more

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I am taking birth control continuously. I accidentally took a few inactive pills and now I am having withdrawal bleeding. Can I stop it?

Start a new pack: If you are taking oral contraceptive pills continuously and then take inactive pills, you are correct, you will get withdrawal bleeding. You did not mention how many days of inactive pills you have taken. There are 7 days of inactive pills in a 1-month pill pack. The withdrawal bleed usually starts (and ends) during the 7 days of inactive pills. Starting a new pack will stop withdrawal bleed. ...Read more

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What are signs that your withdrawal period is due within a week on birth control?

What are signs that your withdrawal period is due within a week on birth control?

Menses: Withdrawal period means what it implies. When you stop BCP within a week you will have a menstrual bleeding. Before that you may have cramping and spotting. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

Withdrawal ineffecti: You should know that withdrawal is NOT a backup method at all. Your girlfriend could still get pregnant. Condoms can slip off, have a hole or slip partially off. By themselves don't provide the best of methods of birth control but they do offer protection from STDs. Your girlfriend could use foam or cream spermatocide with you using a condom. This would be more effective. ...Read more

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So I just stopped taking birth control pills yesterday. I'm on day seven of withdrawal bleeding. The bleeding is very light. Is that worryworth?

What are goals?: You may find your period is less controlled and heavier now that you are not on birth control. If you are not planning to get pregnant at this time you may want to consider going back on them for cycle control. You can track your cycles over the next few months ands if you are satisfied. ...Read more

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How soon after restarting active microgestin birth control pills will withdrawal bleeding end?

About 3 days: Withdrawal bleeds are caused by the destabilization of the lining of the uterus when it is no longer exposed to the progesterone component of your birth control pill. Restarting birth control pills after you have started bleeding can shorten your period but will not stop it instantly because the process has already started I would expect about three days. ...Read more

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If your birth control pill fails, can you accidentally ovulate 2 days after your withdrawal bleed ends?

If your birth control pill fails, can you accidentally ovulate 2 days after your withdrawal bleed ends?

Highly unlikely: The pill when taken properly does not "fail" and you do not ovulate when you are on the pill. The hormones prevent ovulation. It is highly unlikely you would ovulate two days after tour withdrawal bleeding. ...Read more

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3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

One of the worst: This is one of the least effective birth control methods with about a 20 % failure rate. If you do not want to be pregnant then schedule a visit to discuss all of the many effective contraction options you can choose from ...Read more

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What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

Probably okay.: If you accidentally take two birth control pills on the same day, you could have some nausea or vomiting - related to the higher dose. It is unlikely that this will start withdrawal bleeding, though you could possibly get your period a day early. While it's best to take medicines exactly as prescribed, this error will probably not get you into trouble. Stay on track and don't MISS any! Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

Hard to predict: A lot of things go in to your body determining when things happen. When you stop treatment, when things go "back to normal" varies depending on things like how long you were on that therapy, your general health, involvement of other medical conditions you may have - the list goes on. You could expect the bleeding to stop in days or weeks. You could ovulate today or months from now. Time will tell. ...Read more

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I had sex the day I took my first pill of my second pack of birth control pill and I was a week late to take it. Is it safe? But it was withdrawal

Could be pregnant: If you started your second pack of pills a week after you should have, it's possible you were already close to ovulation. And withdrawal is not an adequate method of birth control: some sperm can still be present before withdrawal. If remembering to take your pills is a problem, you might consider another method of birth control. ...Read more

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Off birth control pills for 5 months after 8 years. Feeling a bit woozy (not dizzy) and have mild tickling sensations. Withdrawal or something else?

Off birth control pills for 5 months after 8 years. Feeling a bit woozy (not dizzy) and have mild tickling sensations. Withdrawal or something else?

5 months: birth control is out of your system about seven days after use. If you stop taking them five months ago then they are no longer in your system and are not contributing to the current symptoms that you are experiencing ...Read more

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I stopped my birth control pills had withdrawal bleed then my normal 26day cycle returned had a 5day period and now this period going on day 7 normal?

I stopped my birth control pills had withdrawal bleed then my normal 26day cycle returned had a 5day period and now this period going on day 7 normal?

Donot worry: Once you stop ocps it takes sometime for your body to adjust to hormonal imbalance so hang in there if it does not become regular in couple of cycles then see your obgyn ...Read more

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I have been taking the birth control for two months straight (no withdrawal bleeding in between). I already talked to my doctor about doing this, and?

I have been taking the birth control for two months straight (no withdrawal bleeding in between). I already talked to my doctor about doing this, and?

What is: Your question? It is not unusual for this to happen in one cycle but two cycles without withdrawal bleeding indicates that the pills may be a bit too "strong" for you!
Speak with your GYN or Family Health Provider about this!
BTW RARELY a pregnancy can occur if conception occurs before you start the pill! Take an OTC Preg Test to be sure!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I have unprotected sex on placebo days of pack if I don't have withdrawal bleeding w/o getting pregnet? Been taking birth control for months

Can I have unprotected sex on placebo days of pack if I don't have withdrawal bleeding w/o getting pregnet? Been taking birth control for months

Yes: Birth control pills, when taken each day at about the same time, are still working to prevent pregnancy, regardless of whether the withdrawal bleeding is lighter than expected, heavier than expected, or intentionally prevented. However, if the withdrawal bleeding is unintentionally missing, one can check a home urine pregnancy test. Real life can surprise you sometimes. ...Read more

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Finished my last pack of birth control pills had my withdrawal bleed then my normal period came December 9th now I completely missed a period normal?

Period?? 's: If you stopped the oral bcp and had a "withdrawal bleeding period", and later (how much "later" is not clear in your message) had a "normal period", (assuming you did not re-start the oral bcp), then "missed a period", if your "missed period" does not start in a week or so, get a serum HCG test to make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant even though I started my withdrawl bleeding while on birth control, the normal time I usually do?

Could I be pregnant even though I started my withdrawl bleeding while on birth control, the normal time I usually do?

Not likely: I would never tell anyone that pregnancy is impossible, unless they're completely abstinent. Nevertheless, a withdrawl bleed should not occur if there is a pregnancy. ...Read more

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My first time taking birth control and took the patch off 7 days later. Can I be pregnant and even though I had withdrawl bleeding?

My first time taking birth control and took the patch off 7 days later. Can I be pregnant and even though I had withdrawl bleeding?

May need more info: To summarize, you started the patch and took it off after a week. Sometime after removing the patch you had a withdrawal bleed. Usually with a withdrawal bleed, you are not pregnant. In your case it's likely triggered by removing the patch, (withdrawal bleed as you stated). However, to answer your question of pregnancy protection, need to know what day of your cycle you started the patch ...Read more

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I was on birth control for 3 months taking it irregularly. Had unprotected sex during. Had all my withdrawl periods. Does that mean I'm not pregnan?

I was on birth control for 3 months taking it irregularly. Had unprotected sex during. Had all my withdrawl periods. Does that mean I'm not pregnan?

No.: Only a negative pregnancy test means you are not pregnant. But, I am worried by your comments. If you are using bcp irregularly due to difficulty remembering etc. Maybe that method of bc is not your "cup of tea"
there are other forms that promote better compliance & that would be better suited for you. Ex. The patch every week. The ring every month, Depo-Provera every 3 months, iud for 5 or 10 yrs. ...Read more

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Can someone explain withdrawl bleed? If you stop birth control in the middle of the pack & then bleed is this wd bleed? Mean not pregnant?

Yes: The hormones in the pill keep the lining of the womb from growing very much, so when this hormonal 'support' is stopped... Voila! Withdrawal bleeding. However, if you are sexually active after stopping the pill, please use another form of contraception to avoid unintended pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control and have had continuous spotting for 3 weeks starting a week before the placebo pills. Didn't get usual withdrawl bleed just spots?

I'm on birth control and have had continuous spotting for 3 weeks starting a week before the placebo pills. Didn't get usual withdrawl bleed just spots?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal on birth control. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method and scheduling a visit for an exam and testing. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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