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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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Is it unsafe to take Plan B pills during ovulation?

Query: Hello doctor,Hello, so if anyone knows about the menstrual cycle and all, I am not on a contraceptive pill because I do not have unprotected sex with my boyfriend, but I am someone who stresses quickly. A month and a half ago, I took a Plan B pill because I was scared, but the condom slipped away. U...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As you are not using a regular contraceptive method, the use of emergency contraception Plan B pill (Levonorgestrel) increases the likelihood of irregular menstrual cycles. The timing of your last period and the use of...  Read Full »

I am concerned about bad period cramps. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 16-year-old female of 5 '4 foot. I have questions about my period. I have been feeling bad cramps since my first period. Some months are so bad that medication like Tylenol does not help. Some months, it will only hurt for two days, and some months for four. The first four months ...  Read Full »

Dr. Obinna Ugwuoke

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Pain during this period can be severe and occasionally reduce your quality of life. The pain will get better with time and better after your first delivery. Pain is caused by the uterus trying to force the peri...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest safe medications for birth control.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently got married and my husband does not want to use protection and we do not want to have babies for now. Hence, I would like to ask what kind of pills I can take so as to avoid pregnancy for now. Please suggest medications that will not affect my pregnancy later.  Read Full »

Dr. Khushbu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am here to provide expert opinion on your medical issues. There are a variety of birth control options available to help you avoid pregnancy. The best option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Here are a few options to consider: ...  Read Full »

Can antibiotics reduce the effect of oral contraceptives?

Query: Hello doctor, I am using OCP Crisanta 21 for the last six months. Two weeks back, I went for a tooth extraction. So, I took antibiotic Magniclav 625 mg for five days. I had two tablets a day from 15th to 20th of last month. I started my current Crisanta pack on the 16th of last month. My question is...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to While some antibiotics do induce hepatic enzymes to decrease the efficacy of contraceptive pills, Amoxicillin is not one of them and can be safely used without the fear of contraceptive failure. However, it is important to stick to the contraceptive schedule. If you hav...  Read Full »

How to stop birth control pills safely, avoiding pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to discontinue my birth control pills due to weight gain and bloating. What is the safest way to stop it without risking pregnancy? I had unprotected sex five weeks ago. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I suggest considering exploring alternative methods of contraception, such as using a copper intrauterine device (IUD), which is a T-shaped contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy, or using ...  Read Full »

I have excessive body hair and obesity. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had PCOS for over a decade now. I initially saw a gynecologist who tried oral contraceptive pills, microgynon, and spironolactone. She did a battery of blood tests and ultrasounds to confirm I have the condition. A general physician prescribed Metformin a few years back. All of the...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, it appears that you have a 21-hydroxylase deficiency and that causes an excess of testosterone and androstenedione causing virilization of females and PCOS. This is the cause of your hirsutism and insulin resis...  Read Full »

I missed my contraceptive pill. Will I get 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 »

My periods are delayed despite using contraception. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had Nexplanon in for six months and had a period on it for three months straight. But, I did not get period for the last three months. I had it removed before 20 days and no period still. While on it, I would throw up and even after having it removed, I puked. Since being removed, my n...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Nexplanon is a progesterone having implant (Etonogestrel). After insertion, the menses can be irregular or even stopped for 6 months to almost 1 year. But, if you had not gotten your period since last three months and you had regular intercourse, then you should do a ur...  Read Full »

I have PCOS. What are the chances of me getting pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I am a PCOS patient. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on the expected day of my period and took an I-pill on the next morning, within 12 hours. I have not had any withdrawal bleeding. We had unprotected sex again in an interval two days. Do I need to take I-pill ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naik Sharmila Shashikant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, for now, you need to take I-pill to avoid getting pregnant within 72 hours preferably within 12 hours. But, emergency contraception is not to be taken on a regular basis as it has progesterone and as you have been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), t...  Read Full »

I am taking contraceptives. Is bruising a side effect?

Query: Hello doctor, I began taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo at the start of this month due to follicular cysts. I have observed two bruises on my arms and one on my leg. Are these side effects of the contraceptive?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would be in a better state to answer if you could attach a photograph of the area. Also, mention if is there any itching. Do the lesions appear and disappear, or are they persistent?   Read Full »

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