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Birth control pills and their side effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr.XXX here
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query
User :   hi
User :   i need to talk to you about taking pills for family planning.... will there be any side effects
Doctor :   the side effects vary in different women
User :   k.... but how to judge
User :   do i need to walk to a doctor
Doctor :   usually a examination and basic tests are done before deciding on which one would suit your needs.
Doctor :   common side effects include dizziness, headache, breakthrough bleeding, bloating, lightheadedness etc
User :   k..
Doctor :   the side effects are usually due to hormonal content of the pills
Doctor :   and any history of prior illness should be informed to the gynecologist
Doctor :   contraindications of pill use include: History of heart attack or stroke,Blood clots, Unexplained vaginal bleeding, Known or suspected cancer, Known or suspected pregnancy, Liver disease
User :   what do you say about "unwanted 72"...
Doctor :   if you smoke, have migraines, gallbladder disease, hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, elective surgery coming up, then you should avoid taking these pills
Doctor :   Unwanted 72 is a high dose emergency contraceptive pill
Doctor :   one time use is fine, repeated use should be avoided
User :   No.. dont have any such disease....
Doctor :   repetition should not be there in 1 menstrual cycle.
User :   k.... but in a cycle once is it fine
User :   ?
Doctor :   since the emergency contraceptives have higher doses of hormones, the side effects are more pronounced
User :   so u advice not to take...!
Doctor :   yes one time use is fine. if you are sexually active and want to avoid pregnancy, then consider getting started on regular birth control after discussion and evaluation with a gynecologist
User :   K.... it is better to go to gynecologist and take her advice...
Doctor :   yes
User :   thanks a lot sir...
Doctor :   it will help to rule out asymptomatic conditions
Doctor :   and risk factors can be identified before you can start on pills
User :   Ok
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   no sir...
User :   the info you gave was very helpful
User :   thank you so much
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
User :   bye sir
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