Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are hormonal tablets used to prevent pregnancy. It is taken orally and is 99.9% effective. They are commercially available in two forms, combination pills that contain two hormones, and mini-pills which only contain progestin.

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What is Yasmin pill used for?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee and I had unprotected sex a few days back, but I did not ejaculate inside her. Just to be on the safer side, we wanted to use the emergency contraceptive pill. But due to some restriction in the country where we live, Plan B or emergency contraceptive pills are not available...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? Yes, as you have heard, Yasmin can be used as an emergency pill. Even if you have not ejaculated into her, she stands a chance of pregnancy if the pre-seminal fluid, the clear fluid that comes out before semen, which is rich in young healthy sperm...  Read Full »

I have gained weight and I have high cortisol level. Do I have Cushing's syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering with hypothyroidism and polycystic ovaries. Over last three years, I have gained 15 kg of weight. I am taking T4 150 mg, Glucophage 850 mg and Yasmin. I think I have Cushing's syndrome. My cortisol level in blood is 34 in the morning but in 24 hour urine test it is in norma...  Read Full »

Dr. Hariharan V

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There may be three possibilities. Either your polycystic ovarian syndrome and hypothyroidism are two separate disorders or it may be a pituitary or autoimmune disease which affects many organs. When did you last check your thyroid levels? If it is too low, then you w...  Read Full »

How to reduce levels of cortisol?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old female. Is there any way to effectively reduce elevated cortisol and aldosterone? But, it is not Cushing's. I just have too high cortisol for the last few years and weight loss problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are medicines for that, but it would be a temporary solution. We need to find the cause of elevated cortisol and aldosterone. In that regard, kindly upload the tests reports. Also, let me know, are you on any birth control pills?  Read Full »

My abdominal ultrasound showed multiple lesions with mild vascularity, and I have a dull pain in the upper, middle, and right sides of my abdomen. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had an ultrasound due to elevated alkaline phosphatase 231 IU/L, and C-reactive protein 85 mg/dL. Ultrasound found multiple lesions, one 10 cm x 5.2 cm with mild internal vascularity. Currently, I have fatigue and dull pain in my upper, middle, and right abdomen. I have been...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing these symptoms. Ultrasound suggests multiple lesions with vascularity. This could mean there might be HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma), hepatoma, or abscess but without CECT (contrast-enhanced CT scan) abdomen, it is difficult...  Read Full »

I have taken Gynera after having sex with my husband. Can this pill prevent pregnancy, and what are its side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my husband using a condom. But I doubt if the condom leaked and now it has been more than 12 hours. I have taken the Gynera birth control pill as ECP is not available in the place where I stay. Should I take more than one pill to avoid pregnancy? And is it okay to take a...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You have mentioned that you are taking Gynera at present and it is a combined contraceptive pill. If you are taking these medications properly then you do not need emergency contraceptives. As you are already on contraceptives and had sex i...  Read Full »

Can I become pregnant while taking birth control pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I had questions about birth control. If I take a contraceptive, will it be okay for me to have unprotected sex with my partner? And will it cause any complications in the future if we are ready to have a baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have been on contraceptives then your body would have got used to this. Most of the contraceptive methods are hormonal and all having short and long term side effects and differs in every Individual a bit. If contraceptives are taken regularly as per advised with p...  Read Full »

Which birth control pill can I take without getting side effects like hair fall or blood clot?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed to have Levonorgestrel and it does not suit me. Therefore, Diane-35 was recommended. But, it has a high risk of blood clot. I would like to know a birth control pill that will not cause hair loss and is low on blood clot risk.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are allergic to Levonorgestrel, which is a progesterone, then in that case if the risk of blood clot is to be avoided then pills are not recommended for you.You should opt for a copper-T insertion as an IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive device). This is a non-hor...  Read Full »

I want contraceptive pills for birth control and also to keep my periods regular. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi, I have been on the pill for eight months in a year. It worked fine until the last two months, when I started experiencing spotting one week before the expected period. It begins when four more active pills in the course are left. I do not know if I am on the right pill. I want it for birth contr...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tablet Levonorgestrel plus Ethinylestradiol is a combined oral contraceptive pill. Sometimes long-term use of a similar contraceptive shows it has side effects could be short (irregular bleeding, mood variations, headache) and long-term (breast and endometrial clots). I...  Read Full »

I had periods 16 days ago and took a contraceptive pill after sex, but now I experience bleeding. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex a few days back. I took a contraceptive pill within a few hours. I am bleeding a little. Is this normal, or am I getting my periods early?I am bleeding a little. Is this normal, or am I getting my periods early? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Usha Sadanand Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The pill has very high levels of hormones which can play a role in your periods. We suggest the pills only if there is an emergency and not routinely. If you are going to be having sex on a regular basis, it is ...  Read Full »

I am scared that I might get pregnant even after taking a birth control pill after unprotected sex. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I took birth control pill ast month for two weeks, then stopped because I was gaining weight and breaking out, and my mood worsened. I had gotten my period a few days back, but once I stopped, I bled the day after five days. I want to know if the fifth day of bleeding counts as my period ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Irregular bleeding is a common side effect of starting and stopping hormonal birth control. However, if you were experiencing a regular menstrual cycle before starting birth control, it is possible that this bleeding could have been your peri...  Read Full »

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