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Oral contraceptives, progesterone pills, combination pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello doctor
Doctor :   Hi
User :   I just got married recently. I wanted to know about the various options for oral contraception
Doctor :   You have two kind of drugs as oral contraceptives
User :   ok
Doctor :   Combination pills and Progesterone pills
User :ok
Doctor :   You can choose to take any one of tem
User :   which is better
User :   and on what basis do i choose
Doctor :   Combined pills are better
Doctor :   which contain Oestrogen and Progesterone
User :   ok
User :   can you give me the name for this that i can ask the chemist
Doctor :   Mala D and Mala N are alone over the counter pills which does not require prescription
Doctor :   They are approved by Government
Doctor :   But other are prescription based
Doctor :   Hence you need a prescription from doctor to buy them from a chemist
User :   ok, when do i have to start it?
Doctor :   Day 2 of your cycle
Doctor :   They usually go for 28 days
User :   what is day 2 of my cycle?
User :   does it mean the second day after my periods
Doctor :   and after you finish the last pill on 28 day, you will have the periods coming in.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Day 2 of the cycle is the second day from the menstrual period starts
Doctor :   Day 1 being the first day.
User :   oh, so i have to take it when i have my periods
Doctor :   You have to start from the first days of your periods
User :   so if i want to have intercourse tomorrow but i dont have my periods?
User :   then?
Doctor :   Then you should choose other contraceptives
User :   oh
User :   like?
Doctor :   Condom
User :   ok
Doctor :   From the time you start oral contraceptives till 2 months you have to use condom
Doctor :   because contraceptives take some time to reach their full effectiveness
User :   so once i take the pills, i will have to continue it
User :   cant stop mid-way
Doctor :   You can stop
Doctor :   but you will have to stop with the advice from the doctor usually after the complete pack
User :   ok
User :   during my wedding to stop my periods i was given a medicine called regestrone
User :   what is it
User :   can it act as a contraception
Doctor :   No it can postpone periods
User :   ohh
User :   so having intercourse at that time is as bad as having unprotected sex
User :   ok
User :   is that true?
Doctor :   At what time?
Doctor :   During periods?
User :   no, during when i was on regestrone
Doctor :   You are partly protected even with progesterone pills like Regestrone
User :   ok
User :   what about i-pill
User :   can i use it if i know we will only have intercourse maybe twice
Doctor :   Yes you can use it
User :   since my husband stays abroad
Doctor :   I suggest to take Regular oral contraceptives
Doctor :   rather than Emergency contraceptives like Ipill
Doctor :   Ipill is meant for post conception emergency
Doctor :   Not for planned contraception
User :   ok but we usually are together for 2 days in 6 months
User :   so what is the point in taking regular contraceptives
Doctor :   I completely understood your situation now
Doctor :   If you use a condom it is rather better thing for a day or two
Doctor :   The next thing is Ipill
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   ok
User :   so if we dont want to use a condom, we shd try i-pill
Doctor :   I think it is best option, but then you run risk of having irregular periods
Doctor :   and bleeding kind of issues
User :   oh
User :   alright
User :   thank you so much for you patience in answering my questions
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for nw
User :   bye!
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