Oral Contraceptive Pill

Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) are tablets taken orally to prevent pregnancy. The two types of pills are combination pills and Progestin-only pills. These pills prevent pregnancy by either stopping your body from ovulating or by thickening the cervical mucus or thinning the outer lining of the uterus.

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I took Ovral-L tablets regularly and had unprotected sex. What are my chances of getting pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had slight bleeding on this first day of the month. My full-fledged period started on the second of this month and ended on the sixth day of the month. I started having Ovral-L tablet on the third of the month, at 11 pm every day. I have not missed any dose and had protected sex on t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Firstly, your case did not require tablet Unwanted 72 (Levonorgesterol, Ethinylestradiol, and Ferrous fumarate) as you had rightly started the tablet Ovral-L (Desogestrel and Ethinylestradiol) from day three of your cycle and have not m...  Read Full »

What medicines can I take for continuous period bleed other than birth control pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had panic attacks and anxiety attacks. Also, I have periods almost every day, resulting in my blood iron level drops, because of which I have a high pulse rate and feel fatigued all day, and I am in bed all the time. Also, I get diarrhea and stomach ache whenever I take iron sup...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest iron deficiency anaemia, for which iron infusion therapy is good. For high pulse and anxiety, I would suggest beta-blockers and no need to take an antidepressant. And for the periods, I...  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 Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Is it normal for me to bleed heavily for seven days?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding my period. It lasts up to seven days. My period is heavy the entire time. And, I spot on the last two days. What can I do to make my period shorter?  Read Full »


Dr. Aishwarya Parthasarathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. If your cycles are regular, then it should not be a problem. Secondly, periods cannot end abruptly. It resolves slowly. Your BMI (body mass index) is appropriate. If your periods are heavy, you may consult an obstetricia...  Read Full »

Is it safe for me to take Unwanted 72 regularly to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44 year old woman. I have a hole in my heart since birth and dextrocardia. I do not want to get pregnant again, as I already have a 19 year old daughter. I cannot take any of the regular contraceptive medicines due to my heart condition. I regularly take Unwanted 72 after an un...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Which type of hole do you have in your heart (VSD, ASD or some other form)? How often do you take Unwanted 72? Unwanted 72 (emergency contraceptive pill) is a very high dose hormonal pill and if taken very often could be dangerous. If you still want to use it, please...  Read Full »

I am taking contraceptive pills continuously for the past 1 year. What is the reason for brown-colored discharge with solid blood clots and stomach pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I am taking contraceptive pills continuously for the past one and a half year due to my bad periods. I get a brown coloured discharge with solid clots and have severe stomach pain in the night and becomes mild in the day time with vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea. I ate tablet Paraceta...  Read Full »


Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Oral contaceptives should be continuously taken only for four months maximum and then allow for withdrawal bleeding. From the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), you experience symptoms due to the thickening of uterine lining. Take a...  Read Full »

Can contraceptive pills thicken ovary walls?

Query: Hi doctor, My 36 year old wife was just diagnosed with a retroverted uterus, adenomyosis, and polycystic ovaries, which are causing her severe pain. The first gynecologist told her to go on contraceptive pills for two months to rest the uterus and identify the pain, but she said that her ovaries a...  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, contraceptive pills cannot cause ovarian thickening. Your wife's age is 36, at which ovarian egg reserve is reduced. But, it can be determined only by doing serum AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) and day-2 scan. If she has polycystic ovaries, then it cannot be less. You m...  Read Full »

When should I start taking the oral contraceptive pills as I am having intermenstrual bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor,I had to take the oral contraceptive pills from the second day of my cycle. Due to some issues, I could not start my medicine. My last period was on the fifth day of the last month. I have been having light bleeding and brown/black discharge since the twenty-first day of the last month. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The intermenstrual bleeding being experienced is due to anovulatory cycle in the last month. As long as the bleeding would continue, fresh menstruation would not start as you are experiencing shedding of endometrium already. You can start taking the pills from today or tom...  Read Full »

I am having intermenstrual bleeding on day seventeen of my cycle. Should I start oral contraceptive pills from day two?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an intermenstrual bleeding problem that started on day seventeen of my cycle. I have not gotten my period yet and still have brown and black discharge. My local gynecologist suggested I begin with oral contraceptive pills from day two of my cycle, but I am yet to get my periods....  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. As per your description, these symptoms could be due to hormonal imbalance. But as you missed your period, it could be an anovulatory cycle. Get your pelvic ultrasound to see if the endometrial thickness ...  Read Full »

I took a contraceptive pill within 72 hours of having sex. Is there any chance I will get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor,My periods are usually regular, and last month I had my period in the second week. Afterward, my boyfriend and I had sex a week later, during which his condom broke in between, but we were not sure of it as it was dark. We only found it torn in the morning. So then I ordered a pill and had...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. If you have taken an emergency pill, you are safe. However, watch for your menstrual cycle if it is delayed or missed. In addition, I suggest you maintain strict hygiene and avoid sexual intercourse for a while. Thank you.   Read Full »

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