What are Birth Control Pills and How do They Work?

Birth control pills contain hormones that prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. These pills are to be taken every day in order to work effectively. Some women keep their birth control pills in the original packaging while other women prefer to use Borin Halbich‘s patented pill boxes.

There are two types of birth control pills: the combination pill and the progestin-only pill. As the names imply, the combination pill uses a combination of estrogen and progesterone hormones, while the progestin-only pill only contains progesterone. In order to keep your pills separate and organized well most doctors recommend using this type of pill box containers.

While these pills have a difference in hormones, they both work very similarly.

Both pills thicken the cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to reach the egg. Furthermore, they also make the uterine lining thinner. This makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to latch on to the uterus which is necessary for a pregnancy to occur.

The combination pill’s main function is to prevent ovulation from occurring. In other words, it stops the release of an egg. With no egg for sperm to fertilize, it’s impossible for a pregnancy to take place.

Similarly, the progestin-only pill also prevents ovulation from occurring. However, according to WebMD, it doesn’t block the release of an egg as effectively as the combination pill does. This is because it contains progesterone at a lower dose. This is why the progestin-only pill is also called the mini-pill.

Having said this, the progestin-only pill is still effective at preventing a pregnancy from occurring. However, it’s imperative to never miss a dose and always take the dose at the same time every day. The 7 Pack Pill Box is designed to help you never get your dosing schedule confused or mixed up.

Now that you know about the two types of birth control pills, you’re likely wondering: what’s the best birth control pill for me?

There may be a few reasons why the progestin-only pill or the combination pill will work better for you. Consider the following below.

The progestin-only pill is ideal for women who cannot take estrogen for a number of reasons that include breastfeeding. This is because estrogen can interfere with milk production, as explained in an article by Self.com.

In addition to this, the progestin-only pill may be a better alternative for the following reasons:

  • You are 35 or older
  • You have a history of blood clots in the lungs or legs
  • You’re at an increased risk of blood clots in the lungs or legs
  • You have diabetes
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have a history of high blood pressure and stroke
  • You have experienced adverse side effects with the combination pill

As for the combination-pill, most women can take it. With that said, it may not be suitable for everyone. Some factors include but aren’t limited to:

  • You’re 35 or older
  • You’re overweight
  • You smoke or stopped smoking less than a year ago
  • You take certain medications that could affect the pill’s effectiveness
  • You have diabetes
  • You have gallbladder or liver disease
  • You have or have had breast cancer
  • You’re diabetic
  • You have high cholesterol or blood pressure
  • You have a risk for blood clotting

With these risk factors in mind, it’s important to discuss your health history with your doctor when deciding on a birth control option. Your doctor will help identify the option that’s best suited for you.

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