Contraceptive Pill

Contraceptive pills are hormonal tablets used to prevent pregnancy. They are 99.9% effective and are taken orally. Contraceptive pills are commercially available in two forms, combination pills that contain synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone hormones, and mini-pills which only contain progesterone.

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I got periods on the day of taking an emergency contraceptive pill. Can I be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an emergency contraceptive pill after seven hours of unprotected sex. And I got my periods the same day of taking the pill. But, my period lasted only for a day. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Garima Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your periods usually last for more than a day, then you should get a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy. Or else, I suggest you start taking oral contraceptive pills. For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->  Read Full »

As I do not have a child, my doctor advised avoiding IUD. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female, who recently had a medical abortion. I need to know about the safe contraceptive methods, as my husband is allergic to condoms. I have asked about IUD to few doctors, and they said that I should not use it because I do not have a child. I wanted to know the re...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi,Welcome to (intrauterine device) is contraindicated for a nulliparous woman, due to difficulty in insertion of the device and its impact on further fertility. One of the important, but rare complication of IUD is that the future fertility rate is decreased in a few.I suggest you ...  Read Full »

Does an expired I-pill be effective?

Query: Hi doctor, I took I-pill four days back, but after taking it, I noticed that it had already expired three months ago. Is there anything serious? Will the I-pill be ineffective?  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since the pill was expired, it is likely to fail and not be able to prevent a pregnancy. Side effects as such are not expected. However, please do a pregnancy test and check if periods get delayed. For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->...  Read Full »

Can sperms penetrate multiple layers of clothes and cause pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I was sitting on my boyfriend's private parts when he had ejaculation in his tight and thin underwear. I was wearing innerwear and lounge shorts, and there was a small spot on my shorts that seemed to be cum. My innerwear was wet, which I am assuming is from me. Even though I did not kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Firstly I wish to tell you that please do not panic. You are completely safe from pregnancy. For getting pregnant, the sperms have to be ejaculated inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need t...  Read Full »

I have excruciating pain in my right breast. Does it indicate cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a mammogram done a few weeks ago. I am having excruciating pain in my right breast. It hurts when I move, or lie down to reach up any movement or touch of that breast and It makes me sick to my stomach. I have had a kind of loss of appetite. I got a callback and the person who did...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most probably, it will be fibroadenosis. Fibroadenosis is a condition seen during perimenopausal periods and characterized by lumps and severe pain in the breast. Probably he must have seen those lumps, which is an expected finding. Cancer, most of the time, is painless. ...  Read Full »

Can sex during the unsafe period guarantee a pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend had unprotected sex with his partner on the day when his partner is at a high chance to be pregnant. But he did not ejaculate inside. After that, his partner took 5 contraceptive pills to reduce the chance of having a pregnancy. Can she have a chance to become pregnant?   Read Full »

Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though he has not ejaculated, still she has a chance to become pregnant due to pre-seminal fluid. It is a clear fluid rich in young healthy sperms that comes out before semen. Taking four tablets of contraception (combination of Ethinyl estradiol and Drospirenone) and t...  Read Full »

Does skipping contraceptive pill in the middle pay way for pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking a contraceptive pill (Novelon) for the past five years. I am 36 years female, weighing 68 kg, my height is 5 feet, mother of two sons (10 and 14 years). I stopped taking pills for six months in the middle due to some skin problems and resumed again three months back....  Read Full »

Dr. Anuradha Manoharan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I want to know which day of the cycle you started your first pack. When you start your first pack after a gap of six months, you will get the contraceptive benefit right from the word go if you started the first pack on day one of your cycle. There is only one placebo w...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Query: Hi doctor,The flow of my period is less for the last three months. Also, the color keeps on changing. Last month it was light red now it is dark red. Blood is also thick, and there are some lumps formation in the blood. Can you please tell me the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A lot of causes may cause reduced period flow. Kindly let me know the following details: 1) Have you started exercising in the recent past? 2) Have you gained or lost weight in the recent past? 3) Have you started any new diet? 4) Are ...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of contraceptive pills?

Query: Hi doctor,I was fooling around with my boyfriend after a week of having my periods. He did not insert it, but there was rubbing without a condom. There was no ejaculation at all. I took an I-pill within 12 hours, and we did the same thing again. I am afraid if I am pregnant. Should I get myself test...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. Delayed periods and irregular bleeding are known side effects of I-pill (Levonorgestrel). Do not worry. You can wait for one more week to see the pattern of bleeding. Do not worry. The chances of pregnancy in your case are extremely low. I hop...  Read Full »

Can a breastfeeding mother take I-pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a breastfeeding mother of a 1.2-year-old baby. Three months back, I took I-pill. I want to know what is the necessity of taking I-pill as I do not want pregnancy.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Katarya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A lactating or a breastfeeding mother is highly fertile due to disturbing hormones and the cycles. Periods are also not regular post-delivery. It is advised to always use a precaution for sexual intercourse until you breastfeed your child as ovulation is not expected...  Read Full »

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