A SMALL TABLET THAT REQUIRES A STRICT ROUTINE.
TAKE IT A DAY AT A TIME
The pill is a contraceptive tablet containing hormones that you take once a day. There are different kinds of pill: the combined pill and the ‘mini' pill, as it is called. The combined pill contains estrogen and a progestin, which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. They also thicken the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from reaching the egg. The 'mini' pill contains just one hormone, a progestin, which is an alternative for those negatively affected by estrogen.
You should take the pill at the same time each day, whether or not you have sex. Ask your doctor or nurse whether the combined pill is a suitable method of contraception for you based on your medical history, and if it is, which is the best type for you.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Yes. The hormones in the pill – either a progestin and estrogen, or only a progestin – are released throughout the entire body.
EASE OF USE
The pill must be taken at the same time every day, even if you don’t plan to have sex that day.
The pill makes menstrual bleeding even more regular, and may reduce heavy and painful periods.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Make an appointment with your doctor or nurse today.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Pill taken at the same time every day.
The percentage of women in unions worldwide who use the pill for contraception.
Pill intake regimens vary based on the number of active ingredient pills versus placebo pills.
- It’s self-administered.
- Allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Some women experience lighter periods.
- Many women find it easy to use.
- The pill should be taken at the same time every day to be most effective.
- Some women experience breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, weight gain.
- Suppresses the natural hormone cycle.
- It doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Is It Okay?
It’s important to remember the pill does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections that can be shared during unprotected sex. As a form of birth control, the pill depends on perfect use to achieve 99% efficacy. Using a condom in addition to the pill will protect you from STIs and unplanned pregnancy.