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Birth Control Problems

Birth Control refers to the various methods used to prevent pregnancy from occurring. One of the most common forms of birth control is birth control pills. These pills contain estrogen and progesterone and are usually taken daily to inhibit a woman's fertility. Birth control pills have been used in the United States since 1960 and there are over 100 million women around the world who use them. To learn more about birth control pills and the possible problems associated with taking them, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

Is it normal to have vaginal bleeding after stopping birth control pills? How soon can someone get pregnant in this situation?

The onset of bleeding after a woman stops using birth control pills is a common occurrence and could be a sign of withdrawal bleeding. To understand how soon a woman can get pregnant will usually depend on her ovulation cycle. In most cases, a woman will begin ovulating within two weeks after she stops birth control. If sperm enters the vagina during ovulation, there is an increased chance of getting pregnant. However, if a woman is not sure if she is pregnant after she stops using birth control, she should take a pregnancy test to confirm this..

My triphasic birth control pill caused breakthrough bleeding. I also have a pH imbalance. What can I do?

Generally, breakthrough bleeding is a common occurrence when a woman uses triphasic birth control pills. To avoid breakthrough bleeding, many women use a monophasic birth control pill. A few recommended ones are Loestrin 24, Yaz, Orthonovum, Demulen, Yasmin, Orthocyclen and Alesse. With regard to the pH imbalance, there are a few medicines that can control this such as RepHresh cream which is an over-the-counter product. In addition, a woman can ask her doctor for a prescription of Boric Acid vaginal suppository which usually helps regulate vaginal pH levels. Diet and exercise also play a major role in controlling this problem.

Can birth control pills cause gastrointestinal problems?

Birth control has the potential to cause these issues due to the presence of progesterone which can make the intestines slow down. The reason for this is that progesterone is a smooth muscle relaxant and can affect the smooth muscles of the intestine, causing food to pass through it more slowly. As a result of this, symptoms such as gas, bloating and nausea can occur. However, the best way to determine if birth control is causing these issues would be to avoid birth control pills for a month or change the type of birth control being used. A good doctor can suggest the right birth control to use and if there are improvements seen afterwards, it is possible that the birth control that was initially being used was what created the problem in the first place.

How safe is it to take birth control pills for the first time at the age of 43 and take them along with Temazepam?

Generally, if a woman doesn't smoke, doesn't have a history of blood clots and doesn't have medical conditions such as migraines or high blood pressure, birth control is considered relatively safe. The dosage is generally one pill daily and this can be taken in the morning or in the evening. However, the medicine should be taken around the same time every day and should not be skipped even for a day. Apart from being safe, it is also a good idea for a woman who takes Temazepam to take birth control as well since this drug could cause birth defects if pregnancy occurs.

Can Solodyn affect the effectiveness of birth control pills?

Although there is no concrete research to show how most antibiotics affect birth control pills, there is some indication that tetracycline and antibiotics in the tetracycline family, such as Solodyn, may reduce the effectiveness of birth control. One antibiotic that is typically shown to decrease birth control effectiveness, however, is Rifampin. Birth control and, especially, birth control pills are widely used around the world. Most women use them to avoid getting pregnant while others may use them to regulate hormonal issues. If you are considering birth control and have questions and concerns about it, get in touch with an Expert. They can offer insights and suggestions on possible methods of birth control that would suit your needs best.

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