Pills and Contraception

Pills are a combination of estrogen and progesterone hormones administered to any women to prevent ovulation and control birth. It is a daily pill that prevents ovulation thus making pregnancy improbable. It also affects the lining of the uterus making it difficult for an egg to implant and thickens the cervix mucus making it difficult for the sperm to enter the uterus.

How do I start taking pills?

First you have to visit your doctor. He will prescribe some tests for you and will recommend the right kind of pills that suit your body.
You will have to start taking the pill on your first day of your period. Usually the packs come in 21 tablets or 28 tablets. Depending on the brand, you might take the pills for 21 days than stop for 7 days and start again. You will have your period 2 to 3 days after you stop the pills. In case of 28 tablets, you will continue taking the pills with no stopping. In this case, the last 7 pills do not contain hormones.

How much is the pill effective?

Pills are the most effective contraceptive method. Millions of women are under pills. The only thing you should take care of is to take a daily pill around the same time and not to miss any. Once you miss one, you will be unprotected. As well, in case of vomiting and diarrhea you should pay attention and use another method of contraception with the pills as condoms.

What should I do if I miss a pill?

If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember and then take the next one on time. In this case, be careful to use an extra method of contraception as condoms.
If you miss more than one pill, take the last one as soon as you remember and continue the tablets till the end. Be careful, you won’t be protected the whole month. You have to use extra precautions.

What are the pills’ side effects?

Each brand lists a table of side effects. Usually few women develop some of them and they are generally associated to other medical problems. Here is a common list of side effects:
-    Migraine
-    Mood swings
-    Nausea
-    Breast tenderness
-    Blood clots especially when the woman smokes or has a family history of varicose

What are the pill’s advantages?

-    It controls birth
-    It regulates the period
-    It shortens the menstrual period
-    It makes the bleeding lighter
-    It improves acne issues
-    It decreases the chances of having some types of cancer

If you are taking pills or not, you should visit your doctor once a year for a check-up. Pay attention; pills do not protect against sexual transmitted diseases. You should use a condom if you are suspicious.