FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No, there are a few different types of pill to choose from, so it is about finding the one that is right for you. It’s important to take the pills as directed because Forgetting to take your pill means it won’t be as effective.1
The pill is an effective way to prevent pregnancy, If you follow the instructions and use the birth control pill correctly it gives you great protection against pregnancy.5
No. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and any medications you take to determine which birth control pill is right for you.3
Combination pills contains both estrogen and progestin, the mini-pill contains only progestin. Combination pills prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg, thicken cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus. All of these actions help keep sperm from joining the egg. The mini-pill slows an egg's progress through the fallopian tubes, thickens cervical mucus and thins the endometrium, all of which help prevent sperm from reaching the egg. The mini-pill sometimes also suppresses ovulation.3
Yes, hormonal contraceptives can improve acne and hirsutism, also can help in Treatment of premenstrual syndrome, and irregular periods.6
If you decide you want to get pregnant.2 Long-term use of oral contraceptives does not hurt a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.7
It depends on the type of pill. Combination Pills: Most of them come in 28-day or 21-day packs, take 1 pill every day for 28 days (four weeks) in a row, and then start a new pack on day 29 (in case of 28-day pack), or Take 1 pill every day for 21 days (3 weeks) in a row. Then don’t take any pills for seven days (week 4). You’ll get your period during the fourth week while you aren’t taking any pills (in case of 21-day pack). progestin- only pills: only come in 28-day packs. All 28 pills have hormones. You must take progestin-only pills within the same 3 hours every day to be protected from pregnancy.2
Women who have used [oral contraceptives, or OCs] for four years or more should be reassured because we found no evidence that long-term OC use deleteriously affects fecundability. Researchers found that long-term users of oral contraceptives, like short-term users, experienced a temporary delay in fertility, compared with those who were discontinuing barrier contraceptive methods. But also indicated that longer-term OC use was associated with a higher likelihood of pregnancy, compared with OC use for less than two years.7
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you SHOULD NOT use hormonal contraceptives. That’s because there’s evidence that these medicines might increase the risk of the cancer coming back.8
1- Queens Land Health. 9 types of contraception you can use to prevent pregnancy. Available at: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/types-contraceptionwomen-condoms-pill-iud-ring-implant-injection-diaphragm. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
2- Planned parenthood. How to Use Birth Control Pills | Follow Easy Instructions. Available at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-controlpill/how-do-i-use-the-birth-control-pill. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
3- Mayo clinic. Healthy Lifestyle Birth control. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/in-depth/best-birth-controlpill/art-20044807. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
4- MGH Center for Women's Mental Health. Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Mood Swings or Depression? Available at: https://womensmentalhealth.org/posts/you-askeddo-oral-contraceptives-cause-mood-swings-or-depression/. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
5- Planned parenthood. What are the benefits of the birth control pill? Available at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-pill/what-are-thebenefits-of-the-birth-control-pill . Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
6- American society for reproductive medicine. Non contraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills. Available at: https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-andpublications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-infobooklets/noncontraceptive-benefits-of-birth-control-pills/. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
7- Boston University school of public Health. Long-term Oral Contraceptive Use Doesn’t Hurt Fertility, Study Finds. Available at: https://www.bu.edu/sph/2013/04/04/long-termoral-contraceptive-use-doesnt-hurt-fertilitystudyfinds/#:~:text=Long%2Dterm%20Oral%20Contraceptive%20Use%20Doesn,t%20 Hurt%20Fertility%2C%20Study%20Finds&text=Long%2Dterm%20use%20of%20oral,B U%20School%20of%20Public%20Health. Last accessed 18 Jun 2020.
8- Breastcancer.org. 2021. Is There a Link Between Birth Control Pills and Higher Breast Cancer Risk?. [online] Available at: https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/study-questions-birth-control-and-risk [Accessed 22 October 2021].