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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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I took a combined contraceptive pill and thew up within 30 minutes. I had sex the following week. Am I safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a general combined pill a few days back but I threw up within 30 minutes so decided to wait for three days for my period to start. I had sex the following week, and four days after that I started taking the pill and have been taking it at the same time every day since. Am I prot...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide expert opinions on your medical issues. This can be decided only by knowing which half of the periods you missed the pill. If it was at the beginning or end (not in the middle 10 days) of the cycle, there is not much risk of ovulation or preg...  Read Full »

I am on birth control, why do I have cramps and brown discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently started taking the combination pill. I started the pill about a week before I was due to have my regular period. I had the pills regularly for eight days before I had unprotected sex. I took the pills at the same time every day with no issues and I am now two pills away from...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I see that you have not been properly advised about taking the pill. Let me try to explain. Your body produces hormones cyclically with lots of ups and downs, and only then will you ovulate. These combined pills are the same hormones as what the body produces, but ...  Read Full »

I have many issues after contraceptive pill withdrawal. Why?

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 »

Can I take the contraceptive pill in advance while being on periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on a contraceptive pill called Yasmin since the last two months. In the last pack, I missed the pill twice, but each time, I took two pills the next day. I take the pills roughly around the same time, approximately around one to two hours each day. I am currently on my 7-da...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. In my opinion, you do not need to take any extra precaution in the next five days since the time around Thursday is not a fertile one and there is no risk of pregnancy. The fertile time is 14 days before next periods and ...  Read Full »

Are birth control and contraceptive pills the same?

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 »

Do you usually have spotting after taking emergency contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been sexually active since four months. We initially did not use protection. In order to avoid pregnancy I have used emergency contraceptive pills for a few times now. My periods got delayed by a day or two but with no major changes in the cycle. Last month I found spotting arou...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, this is not acceptable if you take I-pill frequently. As these pills are of high hormonal content, it can mess up your internal hormonal balance. So you may have these type of bleeding disturbances for a few more weeks. Just relax. This bleeding could be du...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 stop th...  Read Full »

After unprotected sex, I took only two tablets of combined OCP. Can I get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex, but my husband did not ejaculate inside me. I am on the combined contraceptive pill, but I have taken only two tablets of the active pills. What are my chances of getting pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unprotected sex definitely has a chance of pregnancy. Even if he did not ejaculate inside you, even the pre-seminal fluid or precum, that is, the clear fluid that comes out of the penis before the semen, which is rich in young healthy sperm, comes in contact with the g...  Read Full »

Is it okay to get light periods after stopping the pill?

Query: Hello doctor, Before every period, I get a light brown discharge with brown cervical mucus for three to four days. After that, the bleeding starts, and then again, there is a brown discharge for two days. When bleeding starts, I use only one pad a day and, even that does not get full. I was on pill...  Read Full »

Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have to understand that these are hormonal medicines meant for contraception with many side effects.They disturb the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian axis and suppress your periods totally by reducing the endometrial thickness. Now, your cycles are trying...  Read Full »

I will have sex for the first time. How to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am going to have sex for the first time with my fiance. We have decided that he will be using a condom for protection. But to be 100 % sure about not getting pregnant, I want to take pills. We will be together for a week, so there are chances of having sex every day during that week....  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. If you use a condom properly, there is no chance of pregnancy. But for extra precaution, you can use combined oral contraceptive pills. Usually, it should be started on the first day of your menses, but y...  Read Full »

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