.Birth control is a wonderful, liberating, life-changing thing that helps to put the control of your own life and reproductive system back in your hands, as well as being able to help with other health issues that aren’t necessarily related to your sex life! Of course, like any other form of medication, it is best to know as much as you can about birth control before you make the decision to go to your doctors and enquire about starting to take it. The more educated you can be about what you are putting into your body, the better! Here are some of the key things you should know about birth control pills.
1. How do They Work?
At the most basic level, birth control pills suppress ovulation. The pill itself contains a mixture of oestrogen and progestin that stops eggs from leaving your ovaries, giving your body no opportunity for fertilization if you are having unprotected sex.
2. Are There Different Kinds?
Yes, there are. Most women are prescribed the combination pills that I described above, but some women are prescribed ones that contain a higher level of hormones for one reason or another. The only thing that you really need to be aware of is that you have to take it every day no matter which one you are on and that they will all prevent pregnancy!
3. How Effective is It?
If you take the pill every day as directed by your doctor, it can be effective in preventing pregnancy to a percentage of more then 99%. Of course, we live in the real world and there is always the tiniest chance of something happening against your plans. On average, about nine out of every one hundred women taking the pill are likely to become pregnant.
4. How Long Does It Take to Work?
You need to take your first active pill tablet of the pack within five days of your first period in order to protect yourself against pregnancy. For those who are taking a progestin only pill, you can leave it to up to two days.
5. Do You Still Get Periods?
It’s actually up to you whether you choose to have your period or not. You can allow your period to happen by taking the week’s worth of placebo tablets, or you can continue to go right through the month taking the real thing. Either way, it has been proven not to have any adverse effect on your health and your protection.
6. Are There Side Effects?
As with all types of medication, there is always the risk of side effects. Common things that can happen for some people when taking the pill include spotting, breast tenderness, bloating and vomiting, but the good news is that these effects tend to stop after the first couple of months.