What is a Birth Control Pill?
The Birth Control Pill is also called Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP), it is used as a birth control method that includes a combination of an estrogen and a progestogen. Women take the pill by mouth to prevent pregnancy, and, when taken correctly, it is up to 99.9% effective.
It is very important to know that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV. It is recommended to use two types of contraceptives, for example, latex male condom and birth control pill.
How does Birth Control Pill works?
To get pregnant an egg has to be fertilized by a man’s sperm, it happens when an egg is released from the ovary and is in contact with the sperm. The fertilized egg attaches to the inside of a woman’s uterus, where it receives nutrition and develops into a baby. Hormones in the woman’s body control the release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation) and prepare the body to accept the fertilized egg.
The Birth Control Pill, as a hormonal contraceptive, contains a small amount of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones, which work to inhibit the body’s natural cyclical hormones and prevent pregnancy.
How to use Birth Control Pills?
Most common oral contraceptives come in a set of 21 or 28 pills. Twenty-one-day pill packs contain 21 active pills, you should take one pill daily, preferably at the same hour each day and, once you finish the package, you rest for 7 days without taking any pills, in this period is when menstruation happens, and then you start a new pack.
Twenty-eight-day pill packs contain 21 active pills and 7 placebo (inactive) pills. The pill packs are marked with the days of the week to remind you to take a pill every day. The seven inactive pills in the 28-day pill pack are added so that you are reminded to start a new pill pack after 28 days.
It’s important to always take all the pills to be sure you are protected from getting pregnant.
How to choose the best Birth Control Pill?
If you have never taken a birth control pill before, you should go to the doctor, he or she will examine you and, with a blood test, he or she will prescribe the best combination of oral contraceptives for you. There are many different combinations of oral contraceptives and other forms as contraceptives, such as vaginal rings, injections, etc. Please consult your doctor to learn which contraceptive works best for you.
5 most prescribed Birth Control Pills
1 TRI PREVIFEM
2 LOESTRIN FE
4 MINASTRIN FE
5 LEVONORGESTREL+ETHINYL ESTRADIOL
The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.
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