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Birth Control Uses & Best Practices

Can I Use Birth Control Pills if I Have High Blood Pressure?

You can take birth control pills if you have high blood pressure, but you may be limited on your options. Some types of birth control pills have been known to raise blood pressure in women. This can be especially true in women who are overweight, have struggled with high blood…

Do I Need to Switch the Time I Take the Pill When Traveling Between Time Zones?

Yes, you do need to switch the time you take your pill because your body remains on your home clock though the actual time in your current city is different. When taking progestin-only birth control pills, maintaining a strict time schedule is primarily important. For instance, if you take a…

Why Does Time of Day Matter When Taking Birth Control Pills?

When taking birth control pills, timing controls the levels of hormones in the body. When they are taken the same time daily, hormone levels stay even with no dips and no break in coverage. Combination Birth Control Pills Combination birth control pills (estrogen and progestin) remain effective as long as…

What Are the Birth Control Options for Women Over 40?

Women over 40 can use a variety of hormonal and nonhormonal contraceptive options, including the birth control pill, patch, ring, shot, IUDs, condoms, and diaphragms. Some factors might influence birth control choices for women this age, including perimenopausal symptoms, lower fertility rates, desire for children (or lack…

What Medications Decrease the Effectiveness of Birth Control Pills?

Several medications and supplements, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, antiretroviral therapy, protease inhibitors, and St. John’s wort, can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. It’s important to use backup birth control if there’s a chance the meds you’re taking could affect your birth control’s ability to prevent pregnancy.

How Do I Switch to a New Birth Control Pill?

With a few exceptions, you can switch to a new birth control pill by starting your new pack after finishing the last pill pack of your previous pills. You might experience temporary side effects while adjusting to your new pill. New Pill Timing In most cases, you can…

Do I Need to Take a Break From Using Birth Control Pills Every Once in a While?

There is no need to take a break from using birth control pills— they are safe to use indefinitely, as long as your healthcare provider determines they’re a healthy option for you. Some women have a misconception that they’ll develop a tolerance to the hormones (meaning they’d need to take…

Is Skipping My Period With the Pill Safe?

It is entirely safe to skip your period by using birth control pills. This is because taking birth control pills virtually eliminates the need to have a period. During your monthly period, your body eliminates the thick lining of your uterus as well as the unused egg. However, when you’re…

How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control?

How long it takes to get pregnant after stopping birth control depends on the type of birth control method that you’ve been using. With hormonal birth control, most women have no issue getting pregnant after stopping. Here is a short overview of how long it could take a woman to…

Can I Take Birth Control Pills if I Am Over 35?

You might be surprised to know that birth control pills are safe for many women over 35. However, there are a few important things you should know. Some birth control pills are not appropriate for women over the age of 35 because the risk for cardiovascular disease in women increases…

Do I Need to Take a Break from Using Birth Control Pills Every Once in a While?

No, it is not necessary to take a break from birth control pills every so often. Birth control pills are completely safe, and actually, altering your hormonal routine could cause more harm than good. Once you’ve established a routine, your body gets used to having doses of hormones from your…

Is Skipping My Period With the Pill Safe?

Yes, birth control pills can safely be used to skip your period. In fact, research has shown that there’s no medical need for getting your period. When you take only the pills with hormones and skip the placebo pills in your pack, you won’t get your period each month. Skipping…

Can I skip part of my progestin-only pill (POP) pack to skip my monthly period?

Unfortunately, no you can’t. Progestin-only pills release a small amount of progestin every day of your pack. POP’s work in a few different ways. They thicken the mucous in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and fertilize an egg. They stop ovulation, but they do…

How do I stop my birth control?

You can stop birth control at any time, though it would be best to stop it after a placebo week so that you don’t have a period during what would otherwise be the middle of your cycle. If you need to stop the pill in the middle of the cycle,…

I kinda take my pill at the same time, is this still effective?

Birth control is over 99% effective when used perfectly. But taking doses late or missing doses brings down that efficacy. With “normal” use birth control is 91-92% effective. There is no satisfaction guarantee (we wish!). How late you can take your pill and still be protected depends on the type…

Do antibiotics affect my birth control?

This depends on the antibiotic. Rifampin or Rifabutin: Yes, these may decrease the effectiveness of your birth control. You need to make sure to let us know via a direct message once you are logged into your account. Doxycycline, Minocycline, Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Cephalexin, Bactrim or Clindamycin: Antibiotics have…

Does birth control protect against STIs?

Neither the pill, the patch, or the ring protect against STIs. Condoms are an excellent way of protecting against STIs. Using condoms in conjunction with another form of birth control provides excellent protection against pregnancy and STIs.

How can I skip my period on birth control?

We completely understand wanting to skip your period for a special event! If you are able to plan ahead, we recommend taking birth control for at least one full cycle/month prior to trying to skip your period. Often, many women experience irregular spotting the first time they skip their period…

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