15 Things Everyone Should Know About The Pill
When exploring your birth control options, there are tons of pros and cons to consider with each method. When it comes to taking oral contraceptives or “the pill,” there are a few things I wish I had known before deciding to take it.
Whether you're tired of the risks of barrier birth control, or you have other symptoms you're hoping to alleviate, there are tons of reasons why you may be considering the pill. There are no one-size-fits all for birth control and unfortunately, it took a rough couple of months on the pill to realize it wasn’t the right option for me! Now, of course, this isn’t to say that the pill isn’t an awesome method of birth control for other people, it’s all about your body and your preferences. If you’re thinking of starting the pill, here are a few things (good and bad) I wish I had known before starting it:
1.There are two basic kinds of birth control pills
When you’re deciding which kind of birth control to take, it’s important to know that there are two distinct types of pills. It’s extremely important that you talk to your doctor about both options to find which is best suited for your body and lifestyle. The most common type of birth control is combination pills, which contain both estrogen and progestin. These are great if you have problematic periods, but the side effects of estrogen are pretty rough for some people. If that’s the case, try a mini-pill, which contains only progestin. The mini-pill is great if you’re sensitive to estrogen, but requires much more vigilance in terms of when you take it because it becomes less effective faster than a combination pill.
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