Birth Control Methods

Various natural methods and devices used to prevent unwanted pregnancy are called birth control methods. The only way to avoid getting pregnant 100 % is celibacy or sexual abstinence. The other methods include male and female condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, cervical sponge, hormonal injections, intrauterine devices (IUD), contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, and implant.

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Why am I not able to conceive even after stopped taking contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I came off the Depo birth control injection about seven months ago. I have been trying to conceive, but nothing yet. I have prolonged periods, some lasting 38 days. For the past few months I have been using ovulation tests, but I never get a positive result. I have an application on m...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? The Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is supposed to disappear from the body within four months, but for some women, it takes longer. As per your history, the hormone balance is not yet achieved. In every cycle, only if the hormone balance is norma...  Read Full »

Is it possible to do birth control surgery during C-section delivery?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to do birth control surgery also during C-section during delivery?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can opt for tubal ligation during cesarean section but you have to give consent for the same prior to the cesarean. Usually, the doctor proceeds with the ligation only after the pediatrician confirms that the baby is doing fine. If not, then you are being in...  Read Full »

Is Depo-Provera injection good for me and how long to take it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old girl. I am taking a Depo-Provera injection. Is it good for me and how long should I take it?   Read Full »


Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This injection is to be repeated every 12 weeks. This is quite an effective method of birth control when a lady cannot take oral pills. You can continue this as long as you want birth control and stop when you get pregnant. You can get pregnant three months after th...  Read Full »

Is there a chance to get pregnant despite taking I-pill within 22 hours of unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee and I had unprotected sex on the fifth and 15th day of her menstrual cycle. On the 15th day, she was on top, and I ejaculated. Later we took a bath, and after 20 to 22 hours, she took an I-pill. We later had protected intercourse, before and after this unprotected act too. ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Usually, every lady has ovulation around the 12th to the 16th day of the periods. The life of the egg is 24 hours, and that of the sperm is 72 hours. Sex on the fifth day was fine, but it cannot be said about that on the 15th day. The effectiveness o...  Read Full »

Among Depo-Provera and non-hormonal coil, which can cause menstural abnormality?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been using Depo-Provera for the last three years. And I am having issues with on and off bleeding. So, I decided to put the non-hormonal coil, which I have been using already. I removed the coil as I wanted to conceive. Since then, nothing has happened. I have been having long ...  Read Full »


Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your irregular cycles are due to hormonal imbalance. I suggest you undergo blood tests and an ultrasound scan of your abdomen and pelvis to rule out the anemia, thyroid hormone problem, and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). The blood test to be done are CB...  Read Full »

After taking I-pill, I have breast tenderness and nausea after a month. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I took an I-pill after I had sexual intercourse, a month back. My period came seven days before the expected date. The bleeding was brown in color, and it lasted for two and a half days. After that, I did not get my period next month. I am experiencing tenderness in the breast, frequent u...  Read Full »


Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unlikely that you are pregnant. This often happens after taking I-pill. Nonetheless, I would suggest you confirm the presence or absence of pregnancy by doing a blood test namely the serum beta hCG and share the reports. If it is negative, then repeat the test...  Read Full »

How many Trust pills should I take for emergency contraception?

Query: Hello doctor, I need an opinion about Trust pills for birth control. I had unprotected intercourse with a guy and took two Trust pills yesterday as an emergency contraceptive pill. Safe sexual activity is supposed to be after five days of pill, but we had unprotected intercourse today also. So, I...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If you have been taking your birth control every day at the same time without missing any pill, there is no requirement for backup emergency pills. And also, repeated intake of the emergency pill will cause side effects like nausea, vomiti...  Read Full »

Please tell me the pros and cons of switching from combination OCP to a hormonal IUD.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 21-year-old female. I am suffering from depression, and I am taking combination OCP for six years now. I am sexually active with one long-term partner but not interested in getting pregnant any time soon. Before starting OCPs at the age of 15, I had hefty flow and severe cramps, neg...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understood your concern and will surely help you. 1) Estrogen in your OCP (oral contraceptive pills) may leave some side effects for few days. Something similar when you started your OCP long back, but it will slowly fade away. It will not adversely affect your ro...  Read Full »

Can I take my uterus out or get my tubes tied to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have undergone ten pregnancies, and my last doctor did not tie my tubes because she could not find my uterus or my tissue was damaged. I have had seven C-sections and three miscarriages, one blood transfusion, two vac. Is there still hope of getting my tubes tied or taking out my uter...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and I will surely help you. There is no problem you can get the surgery done now as well for the removal of uterus or tying of tubes. It need not be necessarily done with the delivery of baby. Ten pregnancies are really difficult to handl...  Read Full »

Can I have IUD along with birth control pill?

Query: Hi doctor, Right now, I am not on any birth control method except for the rhythm method. I have tried multiple birth control methods in the past, such as the implant, the pill, the ring, the patch and had annoying side effects with each of them. I had spotting that would not go away with the ring an...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have described elaborately about your experience about all the contraceptives. Truly speaking, each of them has some disadvantages which naturally wane off with the time. But, you have also told that there was no cessation of symptoms or spotting even after a long-...  Read Full »

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