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The birth control pill

What are birth control pills

Birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives, contain hormones like estrogen and progesterone.  There are two kinds of pills, combination pills and mini pills.  The mini pill is so called because it contains only progesterone.  However, 99% of all pills are combination pills, which contain both estrogen and progesterone.  If you are starting on birth control pills, you should start them on the fifth day of your period, regardless of whether bleeding has stopped.

Should one take these pills during menstruation

All combination birth control pills come in packages of 21 or 28 pills. If the pack contains 21 pills, then the woman should take the pill each day, at roughly the same time, for 21 days.  She should then stop taking the pill for 7 days (during which time she will most likely menstruate) and then start again on the next pack of 21 pills. If the pack contains 28 pills, the woman is expected to have a pill for 28 days, and then without missing a day, start with the next pack (regardless of her periods).  The reason is that the pack of 28 pills contains not only 21 hormone pills, but also 7 'blank' pills with no active ingredients.

What if I forget to take the birth control pill one day

If you forget to take one pill then take two pills the next day.  If you miss two pills in the third week of the pill pack, then start a new pack immediately because this is your fertile period.

Can I take the birth control pill if I am breast-feeding

You should not take the combination birth control pills if you are breast-feeding because it may decrease the quantity of milk supply.  The doctor can prescribe you the mini pill instead.

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Amal.7 years ago
please suggest a suitable contraceptive pills for a mother of a baby of 2 months.
manju.7 years ago
I want to start taking contraceptive pills for I do not want to take any chance.
My menstrual cycle is 28-30 days.
Kindly suggest me which pill I should start using.

For your information, my cycle was very abnormal since last year but after having sex with my husband the cycle has become normal.
Ajith.7 years ago
I had sex with my fiancee in a wired circumstance on 22nd Jan 2011, now she missed her regular periods which was expected on feb 4th. need advice and how can we be in the safe side.?
Ashish.7 years ago
I live in bangalore and want to buy the contraception pills for my girlfriend? where do i get them and does she has to visit a doctor for that?
ram.9 years ago
this is very useful information
nonso.9 years ago
this is educative
rmh.9 years ago
investigate/research the sympto-thermo method from couple-to-couple league. it is a combination of both methods to increase reliability. it is internationally taught.
karthik.9 years ago
it is nice experiance whenever
we go for the other one.otherwise we will get aids
sheima.9 years ago
it is very useful d=stuff when your nevors about some thing
Prashant.9 years ago
great help, was looking for this info. you should also give an example with dates for the second method.
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