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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 1 month ago

Is a blood test for potassium levels necessary to prescribe birth control?

I have PCOS and my doctor is asking me to take a blood test to see potassium levels. She originally tried to prescribe me a medicine that would only help with the excess hair problem; she needed a potassium blood test for that, but I said that I did not want it. She is still asking for a blood test so I started to research and I couldn't find a reason for why she needed a blood test for just birth control. So is it really necessary for only "the pill?"

-Thanks :)

1 Answer

  • 1 month ago

    Some of the older birth control pills can lower potassium levels while some of the newer ones can raise potassium levels. 

    When you say you don't want it done does that mean there's some sort of psychopathology involved, immunity issues or what? Why would your doctor tell you they needed a potassium level and yet you don't believe them and come here to ask why? Don't you find that strange at all?

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