Birth control pills are an effective and popular method of contraception used by millions of women worldwide. However, many women are not aware of the proper way to take birth control pills, the types available, or the potential side effects. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to take birth control pills, the different types available, side effects, and what to do if you miss a pill.
Types of Birth Control Pills
There are two main types of birth control pills: combination pills and progestin-only pills. Combination pills contain both estrogen and progestin hormones, while progestin-only pills contain only progestin hormones. Combination pills are the most commonly prescribed birth control pills and are effective in preventing pregnancy by suppressing ovulation.
Progestin-only pills are an excellent option for women who cannot take estrogen-containing pills due to medical reasons, such as a history of blood clots or breast cancer. Unlike combination pills, progestin-only pills must be taken every day without a break.
How to Take Birth Control Pills
Regardless of the type of birth control pill you are taking, it’s important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Generally, combination pills are taken once a day for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break where no pills are taken. Progestin-only pills are taken once a day, every day, with no breaks. Take the pill at the same time every day in order to maximize its effectiveness.
It’s important to note that birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using condoms in combination with birth control pills can reduce the risk of STIs.
Side Effects of Birth Control Pills
Like all medications, birth control pills can have side effects. Common side effects include nausea, headaches, and changes in menstrual bleeding. However, these side effects usually go away after a few months of taking the pill. If you experience more serious side effects, such as severe headaches or chest pain, be sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately.
What to Do if You Miss a Pill
If you miss a birth control pill, it’s important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Generally, if you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember and then take your next pill at your regularly scheduled time. If you miss two or more pills, it’s important to use a backup form of contraception, such as condoms, for at least the next seven days.
Chalice Health Telehealth Services
Birth control pills cannot be bought over the counter and must be prescribed by a healthcare provider. However, Chalice Health offers Telehealth services where patients can speak directly to a provider who can prescribe them birth control today. Simply visit www.chalicehealth.com to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Birth control pills are a reliable and popular method of contraception that can be used by many women around the world. However, it’s important to use them correctly in order to maximize their effectiveness. If you have any questions or concerns about birth control pills, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or take advantage of Chalice Health’s Telehealth services. Remember, proper use of birth control pills can help you take control of your reproductive health and prevent unintended pregnancies.