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Oral Contraceptive Use During Peri-Menopause

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

Taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives) can mask symptoms of peri-menopause. Once you're in your mid to late 40s, talk to your gynecologist about transitioning off the pill and onto an IUD, progestin-only pill or other option to prevent pregnancy. Be aware that women using birth control pills during the menopause transition might continue to have what appears to be a period every month, but in fact, it's just a withdrawal bleed from the pill usage that mimics a period. Menopausal hormone therapies to treat your specific menopause symptoms can be prescribed by your doctor. Make sure you are taking the correct medications for your specific needs - preventing pregnancy and treating hot flashes or brain fog have quite different solutions.

Oral Contraception

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