Types of contraceptive pills:
Combination pills: These contain both estrogen and progestin. They work by inhibiting ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from entering the uterus.
Progestin-only pills: As the name suggests, these pills contain only progestin. They mainly work by thickening the cervical mucus.
The combination pills further break down into:
Monophasic: A consistent level of hormones throughout the month.
Multiphasic: Varying levels of hormones each week, mirroring the natural hormonal fluctuations during a menstrual cycle.
What to expect when taking the contraceptive pill
Starting a New Pack:
If you’re initiating a new pack, use an additional form of contraception for the first seven days.
Expect Changes in Your Period:
It’s not uncommon to have lighter periods while on the pill. Some women might not even experience a monthly period. However, these are expected side effects and won’t harm your health in the long run.
Interactions and Precautions:
Certain medications, herbs, and supplements can reduce the pill’s effectiveness. Always consult with your healthcare provider before combining the pill with other remedies. Remember to disclose any underlying medical conditions you might have.
Missed a Pill?:
If you miss a dose, opt for a backup contraception method, such as condoms, until you start a new pack. To avoid forgetting, track your daily intake diligently.
Protection Against STDs:
The pill does not offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases. It’s paramount to use condoms for all intimate encounters, especially if you or your partner isn’t exclusively on the pill.
Potential Side Effects:
While mood changes or lighter periods are expected side effects, it’s advisable to consult your healthcare provider if they persist or seem extreme.
Ready to consult with an expert?
Many states now allow pharmacists to provide oral contraceptives without a direct doctor’s prescription. Still, consulting a physician is recommended, especially for a detailed understanding of available contraception methods and their side effects.
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