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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill

Combined oral contraceptive pills contain hormones estrogen and progesterone, and are used to prevent pregnancy. It works by preventing ovulation.

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Should I stop Jaimiess birth control pill if I have breakthrough bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using the Jaimiess birth control pill for a year to skip my periods. Previously I used Sprintec. I have skipped my periods for almost five months with this method. From yesterday I have been spotting which is more red than brown. It seems like I am going to bleed. Next week is the a...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. From your statement, I understand you are taking 84 + 7 birth control pills. Ideally, the bleeding while you are on active pills should last for five to seven days. It is recommended to stop the pills if the patient experiences breakthrough b...  Read Full »

Does Dronis 20 cause irregular menstruation?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a mother of a 21-month-old baby, and post his birth, my doctor advised me to take Dronis 20 as a contraceptive. I was taking it regularly. However, last month, I did not have my period properly. Last month it was just spotting for five to six days, and then I started retaking Dronis. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. May I know from when you are on Dronis 20 (Ethinyl estradiol and Drospirenone)? Also, have you taken a pregnancy test (there are possibilities of pregnancy even when on the pill)? This is to rule out any possibility of pregnancy (as you have a...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

Which oral contraceptive pill has high success rate?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the best contraceptive pill to be used to avoid pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The best choice of contraceptive pills varies from one individual to another. What may be suitable for one person may not be for another. In general, pills which mimic the natural hormonal levels in the body are most effective and tolerable with the least side effec...  Read Full »

My serum ferritin is low, and birth control pills make me depressed and tired. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old woman who gave birth to my first child a year back. After giving birth in 2 months, I started taking Yasmin birth control pills. Then they gave me nausea all time, and I did not feel hungry or could eat, so I switched to Yaz control pills after four months, and they...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are few things I like to point out from your history. 1) Yaz or Yasmin is not the right choice of birth control pills right after childbirth ( Yaz and Yasmin are combined oral contraception containing estrogen and progesterone, and this is not safe immediately...  Read Full »

I am having diarrhea, severe headaches, and fatigue after contraceptive pill withdrawal. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, As I came off the pill 14 months ago, I have had lots of issues: black, brown, smelly spotting, irregular periods, severe pain, severe fatigue, been to the emergency department many times with different issues (stomach bleeding, severe stomach pains, lightheadedness, back and neck ache...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In your description you have mentioned lots of issues that needs to be investigated and sorted out in detail individually. Microadenoma and hormonal imbalance are two separate issues actually those can cause different symptoms, need different investigations, precautions...  Read Full »

What is the difference between birth control and combined contraceptive pills?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a question about birth control for acne. I was initially on Tri-sprintec. However, that did not help my acne. My doctor initially prescribed my YAZ. I was wondering if I should just stop birth control altogether or give Lo-Lo a try. What is the difference between birth controls and h...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Birth control contraceptive pills are hormonal pills that help to prevent conception by interfering with the normal menstrual cycle and inhibits ovulation, conception, fertilization, and implantation. These pills are hormonal contraceptive pills that have generalized as...  Read Full »

How to correct my wife's irregular periods?

Query: Hi doctor, We got married 9 years back. My wife has the problem of PCOD. We consulted many doctors and tired for IUI and IVF, but no positive result found. Actually, my wife's menstrual cycle was fine before and after marriage. After our first anniversary, we consulted a doctor for baby. The doctor ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on the information you provided, it appears that your wife does not have any significant health issues, and all her concerns can be addressed and corrected. Please feel free to upload the reports whenever you are ready, and I'll be here to assist you further with a...  Read Full »

Do contraceptive pills protect during pill-free days?

Query: Hi doctor, I am starting a pack of pill two weeks after my periods. After completing the pack will contraception start? Do I need to take the 7 pill free days after the first pack? Will remain protected during those seven days?  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears you are taking a combination pill, a form of hormonal contraceptives that contains both estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). These pills work by preventing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus to prevent pregnancy. For optimal effectiveness, ...  Read Full »

Can I start Unwanted 21 after my periods?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I start Unwanted 21 after my periods? Four days back was my last day of period. My period cycle is usually for five to six days. Please suggest as I want to start my oral contraceptive.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Oral contraceptive pills are normally taken cyclically from day-5 of menses to day-24. I suggest taking tablet Norethisterone 10 mg twice daily similarly in every cycle. Oral contraceptives are ideally started from the start of a cycle, but if you want to start, s...  Read Full »

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