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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I am given birth control pills for hirsutism, cystic acne, and painful heavy bleeding periods. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have hirsutism, cystic acne, and painful heavy bleeding periods. I consulted a gynecologist, and she gave me birth control pills. I told her I wanted to become pregnant. I also expressed concerns about endometriosis and PCOS. I am confused because I am trying to become pregnant. I d...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your concern about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and endometriosis (a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the uterus) should first be investigated and established. I suggest you perform the following tests...  Read Full »

Do birth control pills cause nephrotic syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has been taking birth control pills for five months, since she gave birth. About two months ago, she started having some swelling in her feet and legs. She waited to see if it would go away, but it did not. Her doctor did some tests and found protein in the urine, so she sent ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your physician said, birth control pills do not cause nephrotic syndrome or protein in urine. Nephrotic syndrome is the combination of nephrotic range proteinuria (more than 3 g of protein in urine) with a low serum albumin level and edema. The eti...  Read Full »

I have an irregular period and have been taking birth control pills. Will this lead to a problem in conception?

Query: Hi doctor, Ever since I hit puberty, I have always had an irregular cycle. I tried birth control to regulate it and failed. Then, back in college, the doctor discovered that I had a hormonal imbalance of testosterone. So I began taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen, which succeeded in creating a cycle for me, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have a history of irregular cycles and had tried birth control pills to regulate them but were unsuccessful. Discovered hormonal imbalance and increased testosterone, so Ortho Tri-Cyclen was prescribed, which was self-stopped six months b...  Read Full »

I have a lung cyst. Can I take birth control pills?

Query: Hi doctor, My doctor said that I have follicle cyst in my both sides. I finished my first pack and started the second pack after a week I cut using it. Now after seven days, I am having periods with cramps. I cut using it because I could not breathe. I went to emergency and they said I have a cyst ...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Birth control pills generally do not affect the lungs. Still, confirm with your pulmonologist to double check. Follicle cysts subside in three months after the oral pills use. You can start the pills from the first day of periods itself, and continue the packs back to b...  Read Full »

I had continuous bleeding and passage of clot. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, My period came on the first of last month. 22 days later, my breasts were hurting. I was cramping but there was no period. Five days later, I went to the restroom and I wiped and there was light pink blood. The next day still no period or spotting. Two days later, I woke up and blood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your concern. It is good you have already ruled out pregnancy because, in any type of abnormal bleeding among reproductive age, pregnancy is one of the first condition that should be ruled out. The second most common cause of these types of bleeding is a ho...  Read Full »

Please mention the drugs that affect libido.

Query: Hello doctor, I need your comments on the medications that affect libido. Mention some common drugs, such as antidepressants and birth control pills that can affect the sex drive.  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Antidepressants and antipsychotic medication are known to decrease libido, causing low sex desire.  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 »

How do I avoid withdrawal bleeding while taking Larin Fe?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking Larin Fe as a birth control pill. It is a combined monophasic pill with three weeks of active pills and one week of inactive pills. I currently started pill packs a week back but wanted to change it to a weekend to avoid weekend withdrawal bleeding. How can I do so without lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can stop the active pill on Wednesday instead. Take placebo pill on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and start a new pack from Sunday. The plan of preponding periods is bewildering to the body. It might take you a few (2 to 3) cycles to tune your periods in a new cycle. R...  Read Full »

My girlfriend had bleeding after taking the i-pill. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My girlfriend, a 20-year-old virgin female, and I had sex, but no intercourse was made as it was our first time. I ejaculated outside of her. For the safe side, she took the i-pill within two hours. Later on the 7th day, she started having pain in her lower abdomen and saw a drop of bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Sathawane Aparna Milchand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there was no intercourse, then there was no need to take an i-pill. The bleeding after taking the i-pill was due to its withdrawal effects. There are no chances of pregnancy.   Read Full »

If I had unprotected sex after missing birth control pill, could I be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally missed one birth control pill. I have been on Levlen for many years, and this has never happened before. I did not realize until the next night the one from the day before was there, so I took both pills together. I had unprotected sex with my partner a day later, I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Levlen is a combined oral contraceptive pill that contains Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel. It acts by inhibition of ovulation. It increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clot so better to avoid for years and years. It is also contraindicated in few cond...  Read Full »

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