Among the many contraceptive methods available, one of the most popular is the birth control pill. To be able to use them, it is necessary to visit a gynecologist, because they are issued only with a prescription.
If you’re wondering whether they’re a method for you as well, we’ve compiled all of the most important information about them below so that you can clear up your doubts.
The contraceptive pill is one of the hormonal methods of contraception. The synthetic hormones they contain are derivatives of the naturally occurring ethinyl estradiol and gestagens. They are designed to inhibit ovulation, making the possibility of fertilization of a mature cell impossible
It is recognised that contraceptive pills are one of the most effective methods of preventing unwanted pregnancy. According to the Pearl index, which determines how many couples out of 100 using this method of conception get pregnant, it ranks between 0.2 and 1 couple, thus giving almost 99% effectiveness
It is also worth mentioning that the contraceptive pill is very often used in gynaecological treatment of
Among the types of birth control pills, there are one-, two- and three-phase pills
With the monophasic pill, the amount of hormones in the pill is always the same, so it makes no difference which pill you take. With the two-phase and three-phase pills, however, the dose of hormones delivered to your body changes on specific days of your menstrual cycle. It is therefore important to make sure that you take them in the right order. The type of pill prescribed is always decided by your gynaecologist.
The contraceptive pill is usually 21 in 7, which means that you take it every day for 21 days and then have a 7 day break, during which you have a period, but not a menstrual period, known as a withdrawal bleed. After 7 days you should start taking tablets from a new blister again
It is best to take the pills at one fixed time, which reduces the risk of missing a dose. It is usually recommended to take the pills in the evening, however, not because they work better at that time but because of possible discomforts accompanying the first months of taking them, which may include nausea, headaches or sluggishness. This is a natural reaction of the body and usually disappears after about 2-3 months. However, if you take the pills in the evening, you do not have to deal with them during the day, because they will come to you while you are sleeping
Many women give up taking birth control pills for fear that they won’t remember to take them. However, simply using the following three protips can make regular consumption less of an issue
When using birth control pills, also keep in mind that although they are one of the most effective methods of preventing pregnancy, they in no way protect against STDs.
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