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Progestin-only contraceptives

By on May 2, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

What is a progestin-only contraceptive?

A progestin-only contraceptive is a type of pill for birth control. It is often called the “mini pill”. Regular pills for birth control have two female hormones: estrogen and progesterone. The mini pill contains only progesterone. Because this pill contains no estrogen, it may not have many side effects. Progestin and progesterone are the same hormone.

How does the progestin-only contraceptive work?

This contraceptive does three things. First, like regular pills, they contain only progestin that makes your body “think” you are pregnant and prevents the ovary from releasing an egg. Second, the mini-pill causes changes in your uterus, that makes your uterus less likely to let a pregnancy get started even if an egg is released. And third, the progestin-only pill thickens the mucus between your uterus and vagina. The vagina is the passageway from the uterus to the outside of the body. The sperm will have a hard time getting through the thick mucus so you can reach the egg.

Is the progestin-only pill is better than regular pills for birth control?

The progestin-only pill is better than regular pills for birth control if you are breastfeeding, as the mini pill does not affect your milk supply, however, will impair estrogen and quantity of warm milk chest.

The mini pill may be safer for some women to use than the common pill for birth control. This pill is safer for women over 35 years. It is also safer for women who smoke, have high blood pressure, are overweight or have a history of blood clots.

Regular pills for birth control make some women feel sick to their stomach or have severe headaches. The progestin-only pill might not cause this problem.

If I use the progestin-only pill, will I still get pregnant?

No contraceptive method is perfect, even if you use it correctly. Three of every 100 women using progestin-only pill correctly could still get pregnant. The risk of pregnancy is almost like risk with regular birth control pills. Remember that both types of pills for birth control are better at preventing pregnancy than condoms alone.

Does the progestin-only pill have any disadvantages?

You may have some bleeding between your periods for several months after you start taking the progesterone only pill. This can be uncomfortable but not a health risk. The bleeding will probably go away after you use the mini-pill for a few months. If bleeding seems heavy or if it bothers you, you can talk to your doctor.

A common side effect of the mini-pill is feeling hungry more often, which can result in weight gain. This side effect usually goes away when you stop taking the pill. You can also occur tenderness in the breasts.

As regular pill for birth control, progestin-only pill must be taken for a full month before it can protect you from pregnancy. Then, during the first month, you need to use another method of contraception such as condoms, along with the mini pill.

The mini pill works best if you take it every day at the same time. Timing is much more important for progestin-only pill for common pills for birth control. If you are more than three hours late taking your pill, the dose should be skipped immediately and use an alternative method such as a condom for 48 hours.

If you forget to take it for a day will have to use a second method of contraception for the rest of the month, until your next period. You can not take two mini-pills the next day to replace the pill that you forgot, in the same way as regular pills for birth control.

Like all birth control pills, progestin-only pill does not protect you from getting a sexually transmitted disease.

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