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Can use of birth control cause body aches, coughing and runny nose?

Hi i recently went to the doctor and ws tested for the flu and strep but they both came out negative so the doctor told me to just take over the counter cold and flu. I still have major body aches, coughing, and a runny nose I also had my period two weeks ago and I've been spotting the past couple of days. Could this be caused by not taking my birth control properly? I've skipped a few days.
Fri, 29 Nov 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Your spotting might be due to skipping few doses of pills & flu could be due to other causes. Actually birth control pills are advantageous with few side effects. It includes:
- Spotting in between periods
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Weight gain
- Stomach upset
- Nausea
- Mood changes
- Headaches and migraine.

Usually, these side effects will reduce within few months of taking tablets. If still persists, consult your near by gynecologist for help.
- Continue flu medications.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Get well soon.

Dr. Yogapriya Vasudevan, General & Family Physician
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