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Birth Control Pills - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What I should know about birth control pills?
2. What is Emergency or Morning-after pill?
3. Why smoking is not allowed while I'm on birth control pills?
4. Are contraceptives guarantee protection from HIV/STDs
5. I have never been on pills before. How do I know what is the best for me? What should I discuss with my doctor or healthcare provider regarding birth control pills?
6. I'm a breast-feeding mother; can I take birth control pills?
7. Will the Pills work if I'm pregnant?
8. Can you please advise me how to take birth control pills every day?
9. What to do if I miss the pills?
10. I do not get periods for last two months while I'm on the pills? What does it mean?
11. What to do if I overdose with the pills?
12. What other medicines can interact with birth control pills?
13. What are the usual serious side-effects?
14. Will the pills give me weight gain?
15. How long I can take pills?
16. What do if I wish to become pregnant?
17. What is extended-regimen pill? What are those types available?
18. How continuous-pill that eliminates or delays your period is different than regular 21 or 28 day cycle birth control pills?
19. I wish to skip the period as I plan to go on vacation in next week, what to do?
20. How about using birth control patch instead of pill?
21. I heard about Nuvaring, what is that?
22. Can I become pregnant when I'm on inactive or placebo?
23. How birth control pills going to affect cholesterol level in my body?
24. Will birth control pills help to delay or prevent menopause by using birth control pills daily?

25. I'm concerned about my 18 years old daughter, who wants to go for birth control pills to regulate her menstrual periods as well as acne treatment. She is living in Chicago, IL, with her other peers in dormitory studying in higher school. I do not want my daughter to be on birth control pills or any birth control method because I'm afraid she would have serious side effects, though I know pills do have good advantages as well. What do you suggest?
26. Why so low prices on MyBirthControlStore.com than others?

 

1. What I should know about birth control pills?

Birth control pills are designed to prevent pregnancy. These pills can be combination pills (progestin/estrogen) or progestin-only pills. It works by preventing ovulation (i.e release of egg) as well as thickens the wall of uterus so that sperm can not swim into it to fertilize the eggs. Hence, there is no pregnancy.

Birth control pills are also advised for women seeking help from irregular and painful periods and acne control. You need to consult your doctor or health care provider to get advise on best pills suitable for your health.

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2. What is Emergency or Morning-after pill?

Well, emergency pills are meant for protecting women from getting pregnant once unprotected sex has occurred. It is the one-time solution and can not be taken as permanent solution for birth control. If contraceptive measures are failed (for example, male condom is slipped off or broken) or sexual assault has happened, emergency pills can be advised for protecting women against pregnancy. Plan B birth control pills can be 95% effective if taken within 24 hours.

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3. Why smoking is not allowed while I'm on birth control pills?

Smokings is strictly not allowed for women age 35 years and above because smoking greatly increase the chances of blood clots and heart stroke, which may lead to death. Study has shown that women who smoke 25 cigarettes daily while they are on pills; they are 30 times more at the risk of heart-attack.

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4. Are contraceptives guarantee protection from HIV/STDs

No. Contraceptives do not provide any protection against HIV/STDs diseases. However, if you need more protection from HIV/STDs then you must insist your partner to use male condoms. You may also use female condoms to protect yourself from these life-threatening diseases.

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5. I have never been on pills before. How do I know what is the best for me? What should I discuss with my doctor or healthcare provider regarding birth control pills?

Not all women's bodies react to birth control pills in the similar fashion. Due to various levels of hormones in the pills, its reaction to bodies could be different. Some women may be allergic to high estrogen hormones in the pills, some could be breast-feeding mothers whereas some women have past history of treatments on some diseases or have undergone surgery or treatment. These all factors should be considered before deciding to go for pills.

You must inform your doctor or healthcare provider if you are suffering from high blood pressure, angina, or heart disease; have had a heart stroke; have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder; have breast, uterine, or another hormone-related cancer; liver disease; if undiagnosed, abnormal vaginal bleeding; have migraines or severe, recurrent headaches; have diabetes; or smoke. Please do not hide from your doctor if you are smoker, drinker or have been taking drugs. Your doctor will review your case history and then advise you what type of birth control pill is suitable for you.

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6. I'm a breast-feeding mother; can I take birth control pills?

Usual combination (progestin/estrogen hormones) pills are not advisable for breast-feeding mothers because hormones can pass through breast-milk and may reduce the milk production. Your doctor may, however, advise you to go for progestin-only or Mini-pills which do not have estrognen hormones. POPs can only be advised after 6 weeks of postpartum. Please discuss this with your doctor if you are breast-feeding mother.

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7. Will the Pills work if I'm pregnant?

No. In fact, you are strictly instructed not to take birth control pills if you are pregnant or you think you could be or you have already missed two consecutive periods. Pills may make serious changes in the hormones which may result in defects in unborn babies. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider.

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8. Can you please advise me how to take birth control pills every day?

Well, you must take pills as directed by your doctor or healthcare provider because most of the oral contraceptives require prescription.

However, you can note the following general instruction for taking pills.

Pills usually come in 21 or 28 days cycles. 21 days cycle pills do not have either reminder of iron-supplements whereas 28 days cycle pills have. 21 days pills have all active pills whereas 28 days pills have 21 active and 7 inactive or reminder or iron supplements.

Take one active pill every day as directed. Start taking first pill from the first day your bleeding start or period. You may also start from the first Sunday of your periods start, however, you will be required to use other birth control methods like male condoms, spermicides or diaphragm for next 7 days at least. You need to take active pill every day at prescribed time regularly. Usually, women take pill after evening meal or going to bed so that any side effects like nausea or headache could be minimized.

Once you finish active pills cycle, continue to take reminder or inactive or iron supplements (in case of 28 days pill cycle) and complete the 28 days pills schedule. If you are on 21 day cycle, you do not need to take pills for 7 days but you must start new cycle after 28 days.

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9. What to do if I miss the pills?

A) If you miss 1 active tablet
Take it as soon as you remember. Take another tablet as scheduled. In that case, you will be taking 2 pills in one day. You don't need backup birth control methods like condoms or spermicide.

B) If you miss 2 active pills in a row
1. Take 2 pills when you remember on the day and two pills in the next day.
2. Continue to take one pill day onwards as prescribed.
3. Your chances of becoming pregnant will be high in this case if you have sex within 7 days after you missed your dose. You will be required to use back-up birth control methods (such as condoms, spermicides or diaphragm) for these crucial 7 days.

C) If you miss 3 or more active pills in a row
1. You do not need to take missed doses
2. Take one pill as soon as you remember and continue taking pills on schedule until you complete the pack.
3. You may experience bleeding during the week you missed the pills.
4. You will be required to use back-up birth control methods (such as condoms, spermicides or diaphragm) for the next 7 days.

D) If you miss to take inactive pills
1. You do not need to take missed inactive pills.
2. Continue to take doses for remaining days as scheduled until the pack is finished.
3. You don't need backup birth control methods.

E) What to do if not sure what to do with missed pills?
1. You will need to use other backup birth control methods (such as condoms, spermicide or diaphragm) anytime you have intercourse.
2. Continue to take active pills until you consult your doctor or healthcare provider.

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10. I do not get periods for last two months while I'm on the pills? What does it mean?

If you had missed doses many times, had not used backup birth control methods and had unprotected sex then chances are, you might not get period in the last week of the month (as it should be for women taking pills regularly). You may be pregnant now. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider.

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11. What to do if I overdose with the pills?

You may experience nausea, headache, withdrawal bleeding in case of overdose. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider to seek help.

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12. What other medicines can interact with birth control pills?

Before using any oral contraceptives, please inform your doctor if you are taking any pills including antibiotics or herbal products. Some of the drugs like antifungals, anticonvulsants and such other drugs may increase the metabolism of contraceptive steroids. This could suppress the effectiveness of birth control, increase side-effects, unintended pregnancies, break-through or bleeding. Several anti-HIV drugs may interact with metabolism of combined birth control pills and increase or decrease the estrogen and progestin hormones levels and cause serious side-effects and effectiveness of birth control pills. Herbal medicines and products containing St. John's Wort may aggregate hepatic enzymes (cytochrome P450) and p-glycoprotein transporter affecting the effectiveness of contraceptive steroids.

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13. What are the usual serious side-effects?

Many side effects mentioned earlier will disappear after few days of use of birth control pills. However, should you experience any serious side effects mentioned below, please consult your healthcare provider or doctor immediately.

- blood clots in the legs, lungs, stoppage of a blood vessel in the brain, blood blockage in heart veins etc are serious problems.
- short of breath that could be due to possible clotting in lungs
- liver tumors causing severe bleeding. However, chances of having liver cancer is rare
- if you experience any gallbladder diseases due to high doses of estrogens.
- severe chest pain, coughing of blood
- breast lumps that may indicate breast cancer or fibrocystic disease of the breast
- sudden partial or complete loss of vision that indicating possible blood clotting in eye
- sever depression might result sleeplessness, fatigue, lack of energy or change in mood

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14. Will the pills give me weight gain?

This is the most common myth about pills which makes most women avoid using it. There are a handful of women who have gained a bit of weight during the period they used the pill although there has been findings to show that the birth control pills were the reason for the weight gain. It is actually a feeling of being bloated that makes them feel that they have weight gain which is the effect of estrogen, one of the hormones found in the Birth control pills. The other hormone, progestin, stimulates the appetite so women tend to eat more and may be responsible for those additional pounds. Water retention may also be a culprit to weight gain. Lastly, most studies have presented facts that women usually take birth control pills during the time their bodies are undergoing physiologic weight fluctuations, wherein the pills inadvertently takes the blame for weight gain.

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15. How long I can take pills?

You can continue to take birth control pills as long as you are healthy and wish to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Well, pills are also used for other treatments like curing irregular menstrual cycles, acne control, control premenstrual syndrome etc. In fact, continue use of contraceptives will protect from various cancers like ovarian cysts, endometrial and breast cysts or lumps.

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16. What do if I wish to become pregnant?

If you ever wish to become pregnant, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider specially if you are on contraceptives. Do not stop taking pills from the middle of your 21 or 28 days cycles. Your doctor should be able to advise you correctly when to stop taking pills and how much time will be needed to conceive.

Birth control pills are quickly reversible. You may stop using the pills once you complete cycle. You may ovulate after two-weeks delay and once your ovulation resumes, you will be able to conceive. Your menstruation would begin between four to six weeks from the date you stopped taking pills.

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17. What is extended-regimen pill? What are those types available?

Extended-regimen or extended-cycles birth control pills are designed to extend the time between two periods. Seasonale and Seasonique are extended-regimen pills extend time for 3 months in the next menstrual cycles whereas Lybrel is the "continuous" pill which completely removes periods throughout the year.

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18. How continuous-pill that eliminates or delays your period is different than regular 21 or 28 day cycle birth control pills?

28-day cycle birth control pills contain reproductive hormones, which tune the body to act as pregnant and hence preventing from ovulation i.e release of eggs. These types of contraceptive pills have 21 "active" pills and 7 "inactive" or "placebo" (an inactive substance or dummy treatment given as exactly as medical treatment but without having any active ingredients, just to understand and compare with the effects of active medication). After 21 days, you start taking inactive pills and when you are on inactive pills, you bleed like your regular menstrual period but actually this is withdrawal bleeding.

Continuous-pill or extended-cycle pills contain active hormones pills as per their cycle regime like Seasonale and Seasonique are extended-cycle regimen for 3 months whereas Lybrel is low-dose continuous-pill for 365 days a year, which eliminates the menstrual period completely throughout the year. You do not bleed when you are on Lybrel, however, when you take Seasonale and Seasonique, you will get withdrawal bleeding quarterly.

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19. I wish to skip the period as I plan to go on vacation in next week, what to do?

When you are on 21 or 28 day cycle pill, you will expect to have menstrual period in the fourth week, within 2-3 days when you stop taking active pills or start taking placebo. However, if you wish to avoid periods whenever you plan to go for an event, you can do so by skipping placebo and start taking new pack of active pills immediately. This should hold off your period until you are on active pills. However, we recommend taking your doctor or healthcare professional advice before deciding to skip period.

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20. How about using birth control patch instead of pill?

Birth control patch can also be used by women who do not wish to be on pills or can not remember taking pills every day. Ortho-evra patch is the only birth control patch approved by FDA, however, it has been issued several notices after reporting severe side-effects. Ortho evra patch provides excellent protection from unintended pregnancy.

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21. I heard about Nuvaring, what is that?

The NuvaRing is FDA-approved once-a-month 99% effective (when used as directed) reversible prescription birth control alternative to oral contraceptives. The NuvaRing is a comfortable, flexible contraceptive ring that is about two inches in diameter. A woman needs to insert the NuvaRing once a month into her vagina. It slowly releases hormones which prevent ovulation i.e. mature eggs. NuvaRing is a safe, convenient and reliable birth control option.

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22. Can I become pregnant when I'm on inactive or placebo?

Inactive pills are not the cause of worry to become pregnant in the week you had unprotected vaginal intercourse. However, if you had missed your doses once, twice or several times during the 28-day cycle and not followed the instruction to reverse the situation, your chances of becoming pregnant will be high when you are on inactive birth control pills and had unprotected vaginal intercourse.

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23. How birth control pills going to affect cholesterol level in my body?

Our body has two types of cholesterol i.e high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) whereas HDL is considered to be "good cholesterol" and LDL as "bad cholesterol" level. Birth control pills having estrogen and progestin hormones may affect the level of cholesterol.

Both the hormones have opposite characteristics. The estrogen element can help to increase HDL, which could be slightly good for the body whereas progestin could lower the LDL cholesterol level. However, healthy women may not feel any significant changes in cholesterol level affecting their health overall.

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24. Will birth control pills help to delay or prevent menopause by using birth control pills daily?

Menopause occurs in the older women reaching 50 years of age or above, where the ovaries stop developing reproductive hormones - estrogen and progesterone. You will not get your menstrual periods anymore and you no longer can become pregnant. The general symptoms of reaching menopause situation is experiencing vaginal dryness, delayed menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats.

Birth control pills, however, do not delay or prevent menopause. Though a woman going through menopause may still get enough artificial reproductive hormones i.e. estrogen and progesterone from oral contraceptives and even get menstrual kind of bleeding when she is on inactive pills or placebo but the ovaries will, in fact, not be producing reproductive hormones and bleeding will be more sort of "withdrawal bleeding" than actual menstrual bleeding. However, many menopausal women do not realize this fact.

If you are 50 years or older then please discuss with your doctor or professional healthcare professional before continuing birth control pills, you perhaps do not need them. Your doctor may advise you "hormone therapy", which could be better option for treating uncomfortable menopausal vasomotor symptoms explained above.

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25. I'm concerned about my 18 years old daughter, who wants to go for birth control pills to regulate her menstrual periods as well as acne treatment. She is living in Chicago, IL, with her other peers in dormitory studying in higher school. I do not want my daughter to be on birth control pills or any birth control method because I'm afraid she would have serious side effects, though I know pills do have good advantages as well. What do you suggest?

Birth control pills are widely used by women to regulate their menstrual periods besides protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies. Irregular periods will be those who are coming too often as well as not coning on time. Most of the branded pills are now FDA approved for the use of both. The pill reduces the length of period, amount of bleeding and gives relief and decrease menstrual cramps.

The typical menstrual cycle is for 28 days, however, 22 to 45 days are also considered normal, if they occur in any month or maximum twice consecutively. It's a well-known fact that women do have love-hate relationship with their menstruation. Menstruation occurs due to changes in hormones during those days in a cycle, however, it could also be affected by weight gain or loss, stress or heavy exercises. Some of the women do not bear the menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding, some women get irritated with either shorter or longer periods and it adversely affects their moods. Hence, they opt for birth control pills regularly.

Teenagers and high school girls for regulating the periods as well as acne treatment commonly use birth control pills. However, it is very important to note here that demand by young girls for pills could also be the "indirect" way of requesting for protection from unintended pregnancies. If you feel so, it's a time to sit and discuss with your daughter about sexuality. Though most of the pills are upto 99% effective in protecting against unwanted pregnancies but none of them claims to protect against HIV or STDs like herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis etc. For that, women should make sure that their partners use condoms.

If your daughter's periods are badly irregular then we can recommend Yaz birth control pills, which will be effective in menstrual regulation as well as mild acne treatment. Please discuss with your professional healthcare before you go for this pill.

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