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Can birth control damage your kidneys? I have high levels of protein in my urine & need to see a nephrogist. 29yr w/ high cholesterol/obese. 

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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

The hormones are removed from your body by your kidneys.
I would recommend discussing the use of different types of birth control with both your nephrologist and gyn. There are many options available.

In brief: No

The hormones are removed from your body by your kidneys.
I would recommend discussing the use of different types of birth control with both your nephrologist and gyn. There are many options available.
Dr. Renee Harris
Dr. Renee Harris
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely, but

Birth control by itself is not likely to damage the kidneys, but from the information givien, you already have kidney damage in the form of protein in urine.
Be sure to follow the nephrologist's advice to limit the damage.

In brief: Not likely, but

Birth control by itself is not likely to damage the kidneys, but from the information givien, you already have kidney damage in the form of protein in urine.
Be sure to follow the nephrologist's advice to limit the damage.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Reginald Gohh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Birth control pills do not directly afftect kidney function.
However, they may cause an increase in blood pressure and poorly controlled hypertension is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney injury. Both uncontrolled hypertension and obesity have been linked to the spillage of protein in the urine. If you have diabetes as well, this certainly can also cause long-term kidney injury.

In brief: Unlikely

Birth control pills do not directly afftect kidney function.
However, they may cause an increase in blood pressure and poorly controlled hypertension is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney injury. Both uncontrolled hypertension and obesity have been linked to the spillage of protein in the urine. If you have diabetes as well, this certainly can also cause long-term kidney injury.
Dr. Reginald Gohh
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Dr. Reginald Gohh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Oral contraceptice drugs likely do not have any direct adverse effect on kidney disease.
However, they can lead to higher blood pressures, which can worsen preexisting kidney disease. Since pregnancy can lead to progression of kidney disease, contraceptive therapy of some form would be advised.

In brief: No

Oral contraceptice drugs likely do not have any direct adverse effect on kidney disease.
However, they can lead to higher blood pressures, which can worsen preexisting kidney disease. Since pregnancy can lead to progression of kidney disease, contraceptive therapy of some form would be advised.
Dr. Reginald Gohh
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine

In brief: LDL, not Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell.
Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 ?mol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.

In brief: LDL, not Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, a building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), is fundamental to the survival of every animal cell.
Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 ?mol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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