Barrier Contraception

Birth control methods that physically block sperm from entering the woman's uterus to fertilize an egg are called barrier contraception. Some examples include male condoms, female condoms, cervical cap, vaginal sponge, spermicides, and diaphragm.

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Can herpes spread sexually?

Query: Hi doctor,I know a girl who may become sexually active with me told me that she has herpes. She has it for ten years and taking Valtrex every day. She told me that she did not had an outbreak for a very long time. I want to know the risks and the odds behind it if I decide to become sexually active ...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Sud

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It depends on the type of herpes that your partner have whether it is in the genital or lips. The virus that causes it are different. This means that if your partner has genital herpes and if you have oral herpes, it does not make you immune to get genital herpes. So yo...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing bleeding after having sex for the first time?

Query: Hi. I had sex for the first time with my husband. My problem is the bleeding, which I am still experiencing. Initially, I assumed the bleeding was from my hymen being stretched or torn. When the bleeding continued, I assumed my period began after a week of having sex since I experience irregular per...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: hi good morning  Read Full »

What does barrier contraception mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an I-pill after unprotected sex. We have had unprotected sex again after 72 hours of I-pill intake. Do I need to take second I-pill? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, there is no requirement of repeating the I-pill till 72 hours to 120 hours after the first pill intake. The first pill shall cover up. You may derange the hormonal balance if you take the second pill now. Please practice barrier contraception till you get your with...  Read Full »

How to stop spotting due to a missed pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I went abroad a few days after my period ended. I start birth control on the last day or the day after the last usually. On the second day of my vacation, I started spotting and that has lasted till now. It has been about 10 days. I have been taking my birth control throughout. I only jus...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are experiencing a breakthrough bleeding occurring due to missing your pills and also probably due to not taking them on time. If it is a combined oral contraceptive pill, then it should be started from day 2 or 3 of your cycle ideally. So, the best is to s...  Read Full »

What are the chances of getting pregnant with PCOS?

Query: Hi doctor, I have PCOS and have not had a period for over a year. Now, I have a partner and we do not use protection. Two days ago, I woke up with a light bleed and that lasted for a few hours and disappeared. Then, the same thing happened today and I bled for a few hours. I took a pregnancy test an...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With so much prolonged amenorrhea, ovulation is unlikely to have occurred and pregnancy is less likely. Kindly use barrier contraceptive (condom) for three weeks and repeat home pregnancy test. If it comes negative, then pregnancy is almost ruled out. Absence of menstru...  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my Pap smear report?

Query: Hi doctor, About three months ago, I got a Pap smear for the first time and it came back with abnormal HPV positive. My doctor did not really go in depth. So, I proceeded to get another Pap smear with another doctor about a week and it came back normal. I asked the doctor about my HPV and he said e...  Read Full »


Dr. Sweta Singh

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No need to get any further HPV (human papilloma virus) test as the repeated Pap smear was normal. Besides that, the more important thing in a Pap smear report is the histopathology. From what you say, it sounds as of the type of cells in the smear was normal. There is not...  Read Full »

Are symptoms of pregnancy and premenstrual cycle relatively the same?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had unprotected sex. The first time, we both were drunk, but I know I did not ejaculate. Also, we did not use any form of contraception. She was ovulating during the second time and I used the withdrawal method. What are the chances that she can get pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, ovulation is the period wherein egg is released from the ovary and that needs a single sperm to head towards a pregnancy. There is about 30% chance of getting pregnant following unprotected sex during ovulation. How can you be so sure about her ovulation? Di...  Read Full »

How to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex and took I-pill the next morning within 10 hours. After three days, I bled and it lasted for three days. Also, I had my periods the next month, which lasted for seven days. I am a bit worried whether there is still any chance to get pregnant. Please let me know. Than...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your chance of getting pregnant after two consecutive menstrual cycles is negligible and impossible. To the best of my professional knowledge, I can assure that you shall not be pregnant. A token of advice to you is if you have regular 25 to 32 day cycle, then you may ...  Read Full »

When should pregnancy be planned after rubella vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female and planning for a first pregnancy. Thereby across, I came to know about rubella test. I have gone through this test recently and it came out to be non-reactive IgG less than 3 IU/mL and IgM is less than 10 IU/mL. Should I go for its vaccination? If yes, then h...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can go for rubella vaccination. You should avoid pregnancy for at least 3 months after that. You may practice barrier contraception till then or a hormonal contraception can be opted from the second month. For further information consult an obstetrician and gy...  Read Full »

Can contraceptive pills make you nauseous?

Query: Hi doctor, I have taken morning after pill after having unprotected sex on my 1st day of periods. Feeling vomiting sensation, but there is no vomit happening. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, I would like to tell you that morning after pill was actually not required on the first day of your menses at all as you had started your period. As there is no ovum to fertilize on day 1, fertilization and pregnancy would not have taken place anyway...  Read Full »

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