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does it need to be 3 months as the doctor has prescribed?

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Hi doctor....i have had problems over the last 2 years and was wondering whether you could give me some advice and answer my questions please....over the last 2 years i have had 2 miscarriages which ended before the 12 weeks and since then my periods were really was been a very long and a hard rollercoaster and it has emotionally broke me down...since then i have started to use the pill to regulate my periods before i start trying for a baby again....and just to get my life back on question was 'can i use the pill for 2months to regulate my periods or does it need to be 3 months as the doctor has prescribed me with a pack for 3months' i would be very grateful if you could answer my question as i would like to try for a baby soon...thank you

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replied November 9th, 2011
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Welcome to ehealthforum,
Use of hormonal contraceptive pills is advised for minimum 3 months to help you regulate periods. There can be many causes for the irregularity of periods. If you are trying for pregnancy, you should consider visiting your gynecologist/obstetrician for further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the irregular periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on the examination findings and investigation results) would be started to help you in regulating your periods and help with getting pregnant.
Since you have had recurrent first trimester miscarriages, you should consider getting Karyotyping test done for you and your partner to rule out chances of chromosomal anomalies being cause for these miscarriages (the test done would also help in predicting future chances). When pregnancy is confirmed, you should consider requesting your doctor/gynecologist for getting serial HCG levels tested. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements should be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage/threatened abortion. An early ultrasound scan done would also help in confirming fetal wellbeing and viability. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid any heavy work. Avoid lifting heavy objects or climbing stairs or standing for long periods of time. Look out for early danger signs like bleeding/spotting, increasing intensity of abdominal cramps and back pain etc. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. All the best.
Take care.

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