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30 second guide to birth control pills

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    30 second guide to birth control pills

    30 second guide to birth control pills

    The birth control pill is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of contraception in our country.

    Seeing as how your partner might well be on these pills, it can't hurt for you to know a little more about them. Read on to find out what these pills have to offer, how they work and whether or not they might be the right sort of contraception for your particular situation.

    What they are
    Essentially, birth control pills (more commonly referred to as, 'the pill') is a daily pill consumed by women to control the functioning of their bodily organs--mostly pertaining to their ability to conceive. They contain doses of hormones (chemical substances) that change the way the body works to prevent pregnancy.

    One might even refer to them as regulated hormone supplements; but of course, their doses are very limited. Today, these pills have been found to be up to 98% effective if consumed regularly as per instructions.

    How they work
    Most of these pills (there are several brands and types) are combination pills. This means they contain a combination of both estrogen and progesterone hormones to prevent ovulation or the release of the egg during the monthly cycle. Thus, a woman is incapable of getting pregnant if she is not ovulating because there is no egg to fertilize.

    In addition to this, the pill also helps thicken the mucus around the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs in case any have been accidentally released. To add to this, the pill often also affects the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for an egg stick to the wall of the uterus.

    Consumption and packaging
    Most often, these pills come in 21-day or 28-day packs. One is taken everyday, preferably at the same time. In fact, taking them at irregular times and forgetting to take pills only lowers their effectiveness.

    In case of the 21-day pack, women take these pills for 21 days and follow it up with a break week during which they menstruate. As for the 28-day pack, women consume the pills for 28 days--except that the last seven pills are only placebo or sugar pills. Many women prefer this because it helps them maintain the habit of taking the pill.

    Most effects of the pill (invented as far back as the 1960s) are desirable, whether it is taken to prevent unwanted pregnancies or simply to treat illnesses such as PCOD (the pill has a regulating effect on people with irregular cycles and it soothes symptoms such as acne, obesity, etc.). However, there are multiple side-effects, although they are rare.

    These pills have been found to increase the risk of coronary and veinous thrombosis, especially among those who are pre-disposed to it. Aside from this, it has also been found to cause breakthrough bleeding, hyper or hypo-sexuality, weight gain and even pelvic cancer in some cases.

    It is important to remember that all of these are extremely rare, and most doctors will do a thorough background check to ensure that you are not pre-disposed to such risks. Another important thing to keep in mind is if you are using these pills as your only form of contraception, they do not prevent the transmission of STDs.

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