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Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control PillOral contraceptives are "birth control" drugs used to prevent pregnancy.: Alesse; Apri; Brevicon; Cyclessa; Demulen; Desogen; Estrostep; Levlen; Levlite; Levora; Loestrin; Lo/Ovral; Low-Ogestrel; Micronor; Mircette; Modicon; Necon; Nordette; Norinyl; Nor-QD; Ogestrel; Ortho-Cept; Ortho-Cyclen; Ortho-Novum; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Ovcon; Ovral; Tri-Levlen; Tri-Norinyl; Triphasil; Trivora; Yasmin; Zovia;
Oral contraceptives ("the Pill") consist of synthetic forms of two human hormones : estrogen; progestin
An oral contraceptive may contain : progestin only; progestin and estrogen both; Estrogen and progestin regulate a woman's menstrual cycle, and the fluctuating levels of these hormones play an essential role in fertility.
Oral contraceptives are highly effective means of preventing pregnancy.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Dosage:If you have any questions about how you should take Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill, consult your doctor or the patient instructions that come in the drug package. The following is a partial list of instructions for taking oral contraceptives; it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with your doctor. Some oral contraceptives can be started on the first day of your menstrual cycle or on the first Sunday afterwards. Others must be started on the fifth day of the cycle or the first Sunday afterwards. The instructions below are for the first-Sunday schedule.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Contraindications :You should not take Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill if you have had an allergic reaction to them or if you are pregnant (or think you might be). Avoid them, too, if you suffer from migraine headaches preceded by an aura (visual disturbances such as pulsing lights and blind spots, temporary numbness, and similar symptoms). If you have ever had breast cancer or cancer in the reproductive organs or liver tumors, you should not take Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill. If you have or have ever had a stroke, heart disease, liver disease, angina (severe chest pain), or blood clots, you should not take Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill. They are not recommended for women with significant blood hypertension. Women who have had pregnancy-related jaundice or jaundice stemming from previous use of Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill should not take them. If you have undiagnosed and/or unexplained abnormal vaginal bleeding, do not take Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill. In addition, if you have liver, kidney, or adrenal disease, you should avoid the Yasmin oral contraceptive. It contains an ingredient that can increase potassium levels in the body, leading to serious problems if you have one of these diseases.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Side Effects:To reduce side effects of Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill, they are available in a wide range of estrogen and progestin concentrations. Progestin-only products (Micronor ) are usually prescribed for women who should avoid estrogens; however, they may not be as effective as estrogen/progestin contraceptives.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill side effects may include : abdominal cramps; acne; appetite changes; bladder infection; bleeding in spots during a menstrual period; bloating; blood clots; breast tenderness or enlargement; cancer of the reproductive organs; cataracts; chest pain; contact lens discomfort; decreased flow of milk when given immediately after birth; depression; difficulty breathing; dizziness; fluid retention; gallbladder disease; growth of face, back, chest, or stomach hair; hair loss; headache; heart attack; blood hypertension; inflammation of the large intestine; kidney trouble; lack of menstrual periods; liver tumors; lumps in the breast; menstrual pattern changes; migraine; muscle, joint, or leg pain; nausea or vomiting; nervousness; pancreatitis; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); secretion of milk; severe allergic reactions; sex drive changes; skin infection; skin rash or discoloration; stomach cramps; stroke; swelling; temporary infertility; unexplained bleeding in the vagina; vaginal inflammation or discharge; vaginal infections (and/or burning and itching); visual disturbances and loss of vision; weight gain or loss; worsening of lupus; worsening of twitches or tics; worsening of varicose veins; yellow skin or whites of eyes;
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious heart-related side effects of oral contraceptives, the most serious of which are : stroke; heart attack; blood clots;
The risk of these Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill heart-related side effects increases with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and with age. There is an especially significant increase in heart disease risk in women over 35 years old who smoke and use oral contraceptives.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Overdose:While any medication taken in excess can cause overdose, the risk associated with Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill is minimal. Even young children who have taken large amounts of Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill have not experienced serious adverse effects. However, if you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately. Symptoms of Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill overdose : nausea; withdrawal bleeding in females
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Missed dose:If you miss only one estrogen/progestin pill, take it as soon as you remember, take the next pill at your regular time, and continue taking the rest of the medication cycle. The risk of pregnancy is small if you miss only one combination pill per cycle. If you miss more than one tablet, check your product's patient information for instructions. Missing a single progestin-only tablet increases the chance of pregnancy. Consult your doctor immediately if you miss a single dose or if you take it 3 or more hours late, and use another method of birth control until your next period begins or pregnancy is ruled out.
Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill Storage:To help keep track of your Oral Contraceptives - Birth Control Pill doses, use the original container. Store at room temperature.
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