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Birth Control Pills

How Do I Switch from the Depo-Provera Shot to the Pill?

Switching from the Depo-Provera shot to a birth control pill option is as simple as contacting your healthcare providing and starting a regimen of birth control pills once your Depo-Provera shot has worn off. While the Depo-Provera shot is an extremely effective birth control method, some…

What’s the Difference Between the Patch and the Pill?

While both the birth control patch and birth control pills are hormonal methods designed to prevent pregnancy, the birth control pill must be taken daily while the patch is applied each week. Both are equally effective at preventing pregnancy and come with a slight risk of similar side effects. What…

Can You Still Get Pregnant on the Pill?

Yes, there is a small chance you can get pregnant while taking the pill. The birth control pill is an oral contraceptive women take daily to avoid getting pregnant. If you don’t take it as directed, however, or another factor such as a medication you’re taking at the same time…

Are Progestin-Only Pills as Effective as Combination Pills?

When taken correctly, the progestin-only pills can be as effective as combination birth control pills, with a perfect use effective rate of around 97%. Progestin-only pills are typically prescribed to those looking for a birth control pill alternative to estrogen. This can be due to breastfeeding, adverse…

Can Progestin-Only Pills Help Regulate My Period?

Progestin-only pills, or mini-pills, are often prescribed to help women manage heavy periods, especially when a woman is looking for contraception when breastfeeding, has problems with estrogen-based contraceptives, or is at a heightened risk of blood clots. How Do Progestin-only Pills Work to Regulate Periods? Progestin-only pills, like Camila and Norethindrone,…

Which Birth Control Pills Are Best to Use for Skipping Periods?

Continuous birth control pills are the best option if you’re interested in skipping your period. There are several choices that will vary the length of your cycle. What Should I Take for Less Frequent Periods? Continuous birth control pills put you on a 91-day cycle. You will have 12 weeks…

What birth control pills are recommended postpartum?

A progestin-only pill is recommended for the first 6 weeks after you give birth, because you may be at a higher risk of blood clots during this time and pills containing estrogen could increase that risk. Once you reach 6 weeks postpartum, the risk for blood clots decreases…

How Effective Are Combination Birth Control Pills?

When used correctly, combination birth control pills are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Correct usage of birth control pills includes taking the pill every day at the same time and avoiding certain medications that can interact with the hormones in the pill. If you experience an illness that causes vomiting…

How Do Combination Birth Control Pills Work?

Combination birth control pills contain both progestin and estrogen to prevent ovulation and create conditions that make it difficult for the sperm to enter into the uterus. The amounts of each hormone vary with the type of combination pill: Monophasic pills will deliver the same dose of hormones each day,…

What Are the Side Effects of Combination Birth Control Pills?

As with any form of birth control option, the side effects of combination birth control pills varies among women. Common side effects are typically mild and similar to symptoms that you will experience during your menstrual cycle if you weren’t on birth control. Some of the more common…

What Are the Benefits of Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills?

Progestin-only birth control pills are a good option for women who have problems with traditional combination pills containing estrogen. There are many benefits to taking progestin-only pills: They do not interfere with sex. Unlike condoms or diaphragms, there is no preparation before you have sex. Once you have taken your progestin-only…

What Is a Combination Birth Control Pill?

Combination birth control pills are an oral contraceptive that contains both progestin and estrogen. There are different types of combination pills that have different amounts of estrogen and progestin, depending on what the desired effects are. Birth control packs will come with a mixture of active and inactive pills, with…

What Is a Progestin-Only Birth Control Pill?

Progestin-only birth control pills, also referred to as mini-pills, are a birth control option that only contains progestin and no estrogen. They function differently from combination pills and prevent pregnancy by thickening the mucus around the cervix, preventing the sperm from reaching an egg and fertilizing it. They also prevent…

What Is a Triphasic Birth Control Pill?

The triphasic birth control pill contains different doses of estrogen and progestin throughout the month. Every seven days, the ratio of the hormones changes. Some brands have a fixed dose of estrogen, and a varying dose of progestin, while others have varying doses of both estrogen and progestin. In general,…

What Is a Biphasic Birth Control Pill?

Biphasic birth control pills provide a lower ratio of estrogen/progestin during the first half of the pill cycle and a higher dose during the second half in order to mimic the pattern of increasing and decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels during a woman’s regular menstrual cycle. How it Works The…

What Is a Monophasic Birth Control Pill?

The monophasic birth control pill is a hormonal method of contraception that contains estrogen and progestin. Each monophasic birth control pill contains an equal amount of estrogen and progestin for the entire monthly cycle. The monophasic birth control pill is usually prescribed to women who want to regulate…

Are All Birth Control Pills the Same?

No, they aren’t. There are two main types of birth control pills: combination pills and progestin-only pills. In addition, there are pills designed to maintain a regular monthly period and others which eliminate your period for months at a time. Combination Pills vs. Progestin-Only Pills The combination pill is the…

How Do I Get Birth Control Pills?

Birth control pills widely available, but you do need a prescription from a health care provider. You can get a prescription from your doctor, health clinic, or (in a few states) from a pharmacist. You can also get a birth control prescription online in many states. The health care provider…

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