Birth Control Hormonal Methods (cont.)
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What are the side effects of birth control pills?
Side effects related to birth control usage include
What if I miss taking one of my birth control pills?
If a woman misses 1 or 2 pills, she should take 1 tablet as soon as she remembers. She then takes 1 tablet twice daily until each of the missed pills has been accounted for. Women who have missed more than 2 consecutive pills should be advised to use a backup method of birth control and finish her pack of pills until the onset of her next menses. The pills work primarily by preventing ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary).
What are the types and brands of birth control pills available in the US?
Over 60 different combinations of birth control pills are available in the United States. Many of the combinations of these pills have 21 hormonally active pills followed by seven pills containing no hormones. A woman begins taking a pill on the first day of her period or the first Sunday after her period has begun. By taking a pill a day, a woman can usually take pills consistently throughout her cycle.
There are a variety of types of birth control pills. Three of these include monophasic, biphasic, and diphasic pills.
Monophasic pills: These have a constant dose of both estrogen and progestin in each of the hormonally active pills.
Phasic pills (biphasic and triphasic): In these combination pills, the dosage of one or both hormones changes so as to mimic a normal menstrual cycle.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016
M Samra, MD
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