How do birth control pills work?
Birth control pills contain artificial estrogen and/or progestin that copy the hormones your body produces. Your body then reacts to these heightened levels of hormones in different ways, all of which can prevent pregnancy. The primary way the artificial hormones in the pill work is by supressing ovulation. They also work to thicken your cervical mucus thereby creating a hostile environment for sperm. Both of these methods help to prevent fertilization. Birth control pills are 92-99.7% effective. They do not protect against HIV/AIDS or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
What is a good way to start the Pill?
There are several ways to start taking the Pill. An easy way to start is on the first day of your period or the first day after an abortion. Some women prefer to start on the first Sunday after they begin their period or the first Sunday after an abortion. To continue, take one pill every day until you finish an entire pack. Try taking your birth control pills with a regular activity that you do at the same time every day, like eating a meal or brushing your teeth – it will be easier to remember to take them. If you have a 28-day pack, start a new pack as soon as you finish the old one. If you have a 21-day pack, take one pill every day for 21 days, no pills for 7 days, then start the new pack right away.
Should I know anything before I start taking birth control pills?
Some women may not be able to take birth control pills because of the risk of serious health problems. Women who are over 35 and smoke or who have any of the following conditions should not take the Pill:
- history of heart attack or stroke
- blood clots
- unexplained vaginal bleeding
- if you know or suspect you have cancer
- if you know or suspect you are pregnant
- liver disease
Women who use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. The effects of the Pill on breast cancer are still unknown. However, birth control pills have been shown to lower a woman’s chance of developing ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
How long after stopping the pill should I wait to become pregnant?
When you stop taking your birth control pills, your body may take a while to adjust back to your normal menstrual cycle. While some women find they return to a normal cycle right away, others can take up to a year. It may be a good idea to wait two to three normal menstrual cycles before trying to conceive. This allows your body the time it needs to adjust to life without the extra hormones, making it able to deal with a pregnancy better.
What are some birth control pills on the market today?
There is a wide assortment of combination pills and low-dose pills. Consult with your doctor as to which one is best for your needs:
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