Side Effect Of Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills or oral contraceptive pills (OCP) are tablets that contain hormones and are used to prevent pregnancy. The common side effects of birth control pills are nausea, breast tenderness, spotting, mood swings, weight gain, decreased sexual desire, and headaches.

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Has my period been delayed due to pregnancy or the side effect of the birth control pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old, and I have been taking birth control pills for years. I stopped taking it the last year because my fiance and I are trying to conceive. I did not have my period this month. Am I pregnant, or is it a side effect of the birth control pills? I am also taking prenatal vi...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid Shaikh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Birth control pills are hormones that prevent pregnancy. Once discontinued, it is difficult to predict how sooner or later someone will conceive. It depends on how regular your cycle was before starting the pill and the frequency of coitus. You did not mention whethe...  Read Full »

I have spotting while on Tri-Sprintec. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking the birth control pill, Tri-Sprintec for almost five years now. I started my new pack of pills on 19 of last month. I had intercourse twice on 20th and once on the 21st of last month. I used to take my pill between 7 and 8 AM. One day I had pill at 6:30 AM as I woke up ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The brown rusty vaginal discharge appears to be one of the side effects of Tri-Sprintec (combination of Norgestimate and Ethinyl estradiol). Irregular periods, unscheduled bleeding and vaginal spotting are side effects during the first few months of starting Tri-Sprintec....  Read Full »

I have been experiencing nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and migraine, along with vaginal discharge, which is yellow. Is it due to birth control pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing fatigue, slight light-headedness, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea for the past three days. The first day, I woke up with a pounding migraine that lasted the whole day until the next morning. I have also noticed that I am not bleeding normally during my pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. However, as per your description, these symptoms could be due to hormonal imbalances caused by pills. Once you stop the pill, periods usually resume within a month, but sometimes, menstruation takes time,...  Read Full »

Can Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo cause bruises?

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 »

I am getting married in a few days, but I am worried that my period will come on the day of my marriage. Which medicines would help delay my period?

Query: Hi doctor,I am getting married in a couple of days, and I fear I might get my period on or around the ceremony days. Hence wanted your advice and help on what medicines to consume to delay them and when I should start them. Also, I wanted to understand if there are any side effects to taking these. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Congratulations on your wedding. It is possible to delay your menstrual cycle by taking hormonal contraceptives. There are several options available, including birth control pills, a contraceptive patch, or a ho...  Read Full »

I have taken Gynera after having sex with my husband. Can this pill prevent pregnancy, and what are its side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my husband using a condom. But I doubt if the condom leaked and now it has been more than 12 hours. I have taken the Gynera birth control pill as ECP is not available in the place where I stay. Should I take more than one pill to avoid pregnancy? And is it okay to take a...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You have mentioned that you are taking Gynera at present and it is a combined contraceptive pill. If you are taking these medications properly then you do not need emergency contraceptives. As you are already on contraceptives and had sex i...  Read Full »

I wanted to know if it is safe to use the tablet Althea as a contraceptive pill?

Query: Hi doctor,Is it safe to use the tablet Althea as a contraceptive pill? If so, what are the things that I should remember before and while using it? Like side effects, health complications, and how should I use it correctly.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is combined oral contraceptive pills that should be avoided for a long time. All hormonal contraceptive pills can have short and long-term effects and the individual body responds to them differently. Some have fewer and some have more sid...  Read Full »

Which birth control pill can I take without getting side effects like hair fall or blood clot?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed to have Levonorgestrel and it does not suit me. Therefore, Diane-35 was recommended. But, it has a high risk of blood clot. I would like to know a birth control pill that will not cause hair loss and is low on blood clot risk.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are allergic to Levonorgestrel, which is a progesterone, then in that case if the risk of blood clot is to be avoided then pills are not recommended for you.You should opt for a copper-T insertion as an IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive device). This is a non-hor...  Read Full »

I was on birth control pills due to unprotected sex. How to control bloating and cramps that started after taking these pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have missed my period last month. I began to take birth control pills as I was having unprotected sex and was too worried. However, after I finished one pack of my pills, I began to feel super bloated and started having bad cramps occasionally. I have taken a pregnancy test and it is...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Probably you will have bleeding (withdrawal) soon. The bloating and cramps may be due to infection or acidity. I suggest you to do the following tests: Thyroid profile. Pap smear of vaginal discharge for microbiology and others like cer...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old female, and I have unbearable abdominal pain after taking the emergency birth control pill. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female. I was a patient of vertigo and migraine earlier; however, I do not have any symptoms. I have taken an Ipill three to four times and started getting painful menses. The pain starts before I get my period and gets worse after the onset of the period. I also exp...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most likely, you are suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with overlapping fecal incontinence. Firstly a small briefing on irritable bowel syndrome and why every patient is a unique case when we deal with IBS. In IBS, there is some problem in the functional abili...  Read Full »

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