Donate Now
Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Got Questions? Get Answers. » SCARLETEEN CENTRAL » Safer Sex & Birth Control » Smoking and the birth control pill

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: Smoking and the birth control pill
owlbling93
Neophyte
Member # 47963

Icon 5 posted      Profile for owlbling93     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a question about very occasional smoking and the birth control pill. I was on the pill for about a year and a half, but I went off of it this April because I was worried about smoking while I was on it. Last summer, I smoked lightly but often, maybe a pack every six weeks, but I tapered off during the school year, and eventually quit in March. I hadn't smoked since then when I had one cigarette a week ago tonight, but I don't plan on picking it up again. I was really an occasional smoker and only did it in social situations, and even then, I'd only have about one cigarette. I've noticed a huge improvement in my lung function since I've stopped, and I plan on never smoking again.

I was wondering about the health risks of going back on the pill (I was on Ocella, which is the generic for Yaz, I'm pretty sure) this month. Since I went off the pill in April, I've had horrible acne outbreaks and a lot of mood swings, and the pill really helped me deal with those. I used to be a light smoker, but now that I've quit, will I still face the same health risks, like a blood clot or a heart attack? I'm 17 and healthy otherwise.

Thank you so much for your help. Your website is awesome.

Posts: 2 | From: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA | Registered: Jul 2010  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Aw, thanks!

So, here's the deal with smoking and the pill: ideally, you don't want to smoke at all when using it. But when it comes to what the prescribing instructions are, what clinicians are usually looking for are people who smoke more than a half pack a day: for those folks, the pill would not be advised.

All the same, you've quit now (which is fantastic: good for you!), so there's no cause for concern. Having smoked isn't the issue: it's currently smoking that is.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About MeGet our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 67076 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
owlbling93
Neophyte
Member # 47963

Icon 1 posted      Profile for owlbling93     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank you so much! That helped a lot.
Posts: 2 | From: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA | Registered: Jul 2010  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3