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Birth Control Uses & Best Practices

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…

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 combination 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,…

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 you’ve been using, but it can range from immediately to more than a year. With hormonal birth control, most women have no issue with getting pregnant after they stop taking it.

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…

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…

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…

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?

Most antibiotics (medications designed to fight bacterial infections) do not affect your birth control, with the exception of a few. While some women have gotten pregnant while taking antibiotics and hormonal birth control at the same time, these reports are rare. Your chances of getting pregnant while taking most…

Does Birth Control Protect Against STIs?

There are many kinds of birth control, but condoms are the only option that protects against both pregnancy and STIs. Other forms of birth control such as the pill, patch, or ring do not protect against STIs. You must use a secondary form of protection to keep yourself safe from STIs if…

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. It is completely safe to skip your period when using combination…

What should I do if I miss a dose of birth control?

Birth control pills are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, in theory anyway. That 99% stat refers to “perfect use,” which means taking a pill every day, ideally at the same time each day. Think of it this way: each birth control pill is effective for 24 hours, not beyond…

At What Temperature Should I Store My Birth Control?

Ideally, you should store your birth control at room temperature, considered to be 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 degrees Celsius. Birth control can handle higher or lower temperatures for short periods but should not be exposed to temperatures below 59 F (15 C) or above 86 F (30 C).

Can I switch to the generic version of my birth control?

If your birth control has a generic option, we’d be happy to write that prescription for you. Generics are just as safe and effective as their brand counterparts. Most people don’t notice any difference between brand and generic medications. If you want to switch to a generic, please just message…

How do I change the time that I take my birth control pill?

If it is a combined hormone pill: The easiest way to switch the timing of your combination pill is to finish out your current pack on your current schedule and then start the next pack at the new time. If you can’t wait to move the timing of…

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