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Birth control pill: How it works, how to take and common doubts

The contraceptive pill is a hormone-based remedy that should be taken daily and has 98% effectiveness against unwanted pregnancy. Some examples of birth control pills are Diane 35, Yasmin or Cerazette, for example, but the gynecologist is who should guide which pill you should take.

The correct use of the pill has some advantages such as a regular period, fights acne, reduces cramps and reduces the risk of anemia due to heavy blood loss during menstruation, because whoever takes the pill has a lower menstrual flow.

However, the pill may cause side effects such as headache and motion sickness, especially in the first few months of use, and increased fluid retention.

How it works

The contraceptive pill inhibits ovulation and, therefore, the woman does not enter the fertile period. In addition, it prevents dilation of the cervix, decreasing the entry of sperm and preventing the uterus from being able to develop a baby.

See if you ovulate while taking the birth control pill

How to take the birth control pill

To use the pill correctly one must take into consideration that there are different types of pills:

  • Normal pill: You should take 1 pill a day, always at the same time until the end of the pack, and then take a break of 4, 5 or 7 days, depending on the pill, and you should consult the package leaflet.
  • Continuous use pill: You should take 1 tablet daily, always at the same time each day, without pausing between the packages.
21 day pill with a 7 day break
21 day pill with a 7 day break
Continuous use pill
Continuous use pill

Common doubts about the birth control pill

The most common questions about the pill are answered here:

Does the birth control pill make you put on weight?

Some birth control pills have a swelling and a slight increase in weight side effect. However, this is more common in pills of continuous use and subcutaneous implants.

Is the birth control pill abortive?

The birth control pill is not abortifacient, but when it is taken during pregnancy it can harm the baby.

How to take the birth control pill for the first time?

To start taking the birth control pill for the first time, you should take the first pill on the first day your period appears.

Can I have intimate contact between packages?

Yes, there is no risk of pregnancy during this time if the pill was taken correctly during the month.

Is it necessary to stop taking the birth control pill from time to time to "pause"?

No, it isn't necessary.

Can men take the birth control pill?

No, the birth control pill is indicated for women, so it does not work as a contraceptive method in men.

Is the birth control pill harmful to health?

Like any other medicine, the pill can do harm to some people, and so its contraindications must be respected.

Does the birth control pill change the body?

No, but in early adolescence, girls start having a more developed body, with larger breasts and hips, and this is not due to the use of the pill or the beginning of sexual intercourse.

Can the birth control pill fail?

Yes, the pill may fail when the woman forgets to take the pill every day, does not respect the time she should take it or when she vomits or has diarrhea up to 2 hours after taking the pill. Find out which ones.

When does the birth control pill begin to take effect?

The contraceptive pill begins to take effect on the first day of its intake, however, it is better to wait to finish a card to have intercourse.

Do I always have to take the pill at the same time?

Yes, the pill should be ingested, preferably at the same time. However, there may be a small time tolerance of up to 12 hours, but this should not become a routine. If it is difficult to take it at the same time, it may be safer to choose another contraceptive method.

Does the contraceptive pill protect against disease?

There are some studies that indicate that it may lower the risk of some types of cancer. However, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and therefore, in addition to taking the pill, one should also use a condom in all sexual relations.

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