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Birth control has come a long way in modern times. Women now have more options than ever before to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. This is in large part due to the evolution of the contraceptive pill. However, a plethora of choices can present a bit of confusion from time to time. How are you to know which formulation is right for you? There are several factors to take into account to make an informed decision at the right time. There are generally two varieties available. These are known as the combination pill and the mini pill. We will now examine each in greater detail while listing the benefits and drawbacks associated with both.
This is the most common pill available on the market today. As the name suggests, these pills are comprised of two hormones (oestrogen and progestin). Another feature of combination pills is that they are available in two different subcategories. “Monophasic” pills release a steady amount of hormones throughout the monthly cycle. “Triphasic” variants will supply different amounts depending upon the time of the month. However, there is no evidence that triphasic pills are any more effective than their monophasic counterparts. The combination pill is often used by women with no prior health problems. Some of its benefits include:
- Less severe monthly periods.
- The potential to clear up acne.
- A reduced risk of ovarian cancer.
Still, there are a handful of drawbacks associated with this pill. Some primary concerns can be:
The Mini Pill
- More severe side effects to oestrogen.
- This pill should not be taken by smokers or women over 35.
- An increased risk of nausea.
The major difference between the mini pill and the combination pill is that this version contains no oestrogen. It is solely comprised of progestin. The main reason that this pill was developed was to accommodate women who are especially sensitive to the presence of oestrogen. It also functions differently, as pregnancies are prevented by thinning the interior walls of the uterus. Although some have been modified to prevent ovulation, this is not their main intention. Having said this, the mini pill enjoys the same rate of success as the combination pill.
The main reason why a woman would opt for the mini pill is if she has a known oestrogen sensitivity. Another advantage of this version is that it can be taken by those who are smokers. A final difference is that unlike “combo” pills, there are no inactive doses within a monthly regimen. Every pill needs to be taken to prevent pregnancy. It is said that mini-pills are safer if an individual has been diagnosed with heart disease. Some of the benefits include:
- Smokers can take this pill.
- Perfect for those sensitive to oestrogen.
- Is safe to take by those with heart disease.
The only main drawback is that missing a single dose can dramatically increase the chances of becoming pregnant. To learn more about these two contraceptive pills, it is wise to speak with your doctor. Choosing the correct pill is just as much of a lifestyle decision as it concerns your current medical status.
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