Last modified on March 3rd, 2021
“The Pill” is a small tablet that coymes packaged for each month. Some people call it “oral contraception.” You take it once a day, at the same time every day. There are many different kinds of pills available, and new options are available often. Most work by releasing hormones that keep your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus, which helps to block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.
Types of pills :
Combination. Combination pills use two types of hormones –estrogen and progestin- to prevent ovulation. A monthly combination pill pack contains 3 weeks of hormone-based pills and a week of hormone-free pills. You will take the hormone-free pills while you wait for your period each month.
Progestin-only. These pills have no estrogen in them and are often recommended if you cannot safely take estrogen, or if you have side effects from a combination pill. They release a small amount of progestin every day of the month and do not give you a period during a set week.
The pill takes discipline. You need to remember to take your pill at the same time every day. If you do not take it at the same time every day, then it will not work as well.
You want predictable periods. If you like getting your period every month, with no spotting, then the pill may be a good choice.
You can skip your period. Some pills allow you to skip your period altogether, which is 100% safe.
Smokers over 35 years old, be careful. For women over 35 years old, smoking while using the pill increases the risk of certain side effects. It is advised to discuss this with your medical provider.
You want to stop using a contraceptive method and get pregnant quickly. You will be able to get pregnant a few days after stopping the pill. If you stop using the pills and do not feel ready to get pregnant, use another method.
If you can swallow an aspirin, you can take the pill. But the important thing: you have to remember to take it every day, at the same time, no matter what.
Some pills come in 21-day packs. Others come in 28-day packs. Some give you a regular period every month. Others let you have your period once every three months. And some let you skip your period for an entire year. There are many different pills available, and it can be a bit confusing. A health provider or trained community health worker can help you figure out which pill is right for you .
Everyone is different. What you experience may not be the same thing as another person.
The Positive: there are lots of things about the pill that are good for your body as well as your sex life .
The Negative: Everyone worries about negative side effects, but for many women, they are not a problem. And if you do experience side effects, they will probably go away. Remember, you are introducing hormones into your body, so it can take a few months to adjust. Give it time.
Things that will probably go away after two or three months :
Things that may last longer:
If you feel the side effects are more than you can accept after 3 months, switch methods and stay protected. Condoms offer good protection while you find a method that suits your needs. Remember, there is a method for everyone, everywhere!
* For a very small number of women, there are risks of serious side effects.
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