What Is The Birth Control Pill
Birth control pills are taken orally daily, and are 99% effective if taken religiously. The problem is no one is perfect and so they miss a day here or there, resulting in a real effectiveness of 91%. There are “combination” pills with a mix of estrogen and progestin and there are progestin-only pills. In addition to preventing pregnancy, the pill has other benefits such as reducing menstrual cramps, regulating your period, reducing bone thinning, reducing acne, among others.
How To Take The Pill
With combination pills, as long as you take one pill every day, you’ll be protected from getting pregnant. You don’t have to take it at the same time every day, but this is a good idea so that you get in the habit of remembering to take your pill.
Combination birth control pills come in 21-day, 28-day, and 91-day packs. The last days of each of these packs contain “reminder” pills that are hormone-free. Most have iron and other supplements. You get your period during the hormone-free pills. If you have difficult periods, the pill will lessen their strength and duration. But you may want to consider the 91-day packs, as these keep you period-free for a full three months, followed by a one-week period.
Progestin-only pills must be taken within the same 1-hour window every day for you to be protected. This makes their use a little more restrictive.Progestin-only pills only come in 28-day packs.That’s all the guidelines for use. You simply need to be consistent on taking your pills every day and starting the next pack when your previous pack runs out.