What is Birth control?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Ortho Evra

Birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives, are prescription medicines designed to prevent pregnancy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 19 5
Birth control 6 4
Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual flow) 5 0
Acne breakout 2 1
Endometriosis 2 0
Menstrual cramps 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Birth control

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Blindness 1
Cranky 1
Insomnia agitation 1
Irregular menstrual periods 1
Pain in breast 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Birth control

Dosage Patients
0.1 mg daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
2 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Birth control

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 9
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 6
Side effects too severe 6
Personal research 3
Expense 1
See all 29 patients who’ve stopped taking Birth control

Duration

Currently taking Birth control

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Birth control

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 5
< $25 10
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Birth control after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 1

Patients stopped taking Birth control and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Birth control

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edawgg
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edawgg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Aug 13, 2014 (Started Feb 07, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 24, 2008 (Started Feb 07, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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new_me
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new_me
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
51 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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Oct 28, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 135 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
Sandallia
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Sandallia
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
52 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar II

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Mar 25, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been taking the type of "pill" containing, primarily, estrogen and my doctor said that for women over 40 she recommends the "pill" containing more progesteron. Since I won't start it until April 2009 it could take at least 3 months to see what effect it will have.

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