Register | Login
Login
Sign in with:
---------- OR ----------
Create Account | Login
Create account
As a Member You Can:
  • Join clubs to discuss your interests
  • Connect with people like you
  • Share information, seek advice, get support

   
parenting
in Mumbai (change city)
Select City
  • All
  • Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Gurgaon
  • Noida
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Banglore
  • Hyderabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Jaipur
 
Women's Health Topics..

 
You are here : home > Women's Health > A Guide to Contraception > The Pill

The Pill


What is the pill?

The Pill is one of the most effective forms of birth control. It contains two synthetic female hormones (estrogen and progesterone), which prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the monthly release of the egg from the ovaries. Oral contraceptives are almost 100% effective when taken correctly. The mini-pill contains only one hormone, progesterone, and has an efficacy rate of 97%.
 

Why the pill?

The Pill is probably the easiest birth control method to use. There are two pill-taking programs: the 21-day regimen and the 28-day regimen. With the 21-day regimen, you take one pill each day for three weeks and then for one week you do not take any pills. The cycle is then repeated. With the 28-day regimen, you take 21 pills first, then seven placebos which contain no active drug. Most women prefer the 28-day regimen because they find it easier to remember to take a pill every day of the year. So just pop it and forget it. What could be easier?
 

Are there any side effects?

As with most forms of medication, the pill is not without its share of : 

  • Irregular bleeding the first few months
  • Spotting between periods 
  • Increased appetite 
  • Depression or moodiness 
  • Headaches and/or dizziness 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Scant or missed periods 
  • Weight change 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Breast tenderness
These side effects, though annoying, will not damage your health. Further, they are usually temporary and disappear within three months. If they persist longer, consult your gyneacologist.
 

What are the advantages of the Pill?

  • It is convenient to use. 
  • Unlike a condom, the pill does not interrupt sex. 
  • Periods are usually lighter and shorter. 
  • Periods get regulated and occur every 28 days. 
  • As it prevents ovulation, in addition to its contraceptive action it also   eliminates mid-cycle pain which some women experience with ovulation. 
  • The pill does not decrease a woman's chances of getting pregnant once she's off the pill and wants to conceive.
  • Did you know that there are many health benefits to the pill? These benefits include a reduced incidence of benign ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and most importantly, endometrial and ovarian cancer. 


And disadvantages?

  • In addition to its side effects, the Pill has a few disadvantages: 
  • They do not protect a woman from getting sexually transmitted diseases. If there is a danger of contracting an STD, always use a condom. 
  • Some antibiotics can interfere with the way birth control pills work in your body, so if you are on any prescribed medication, inform your gynaecologist. 
  • You need to be extremely particular about not missing your pills. If you are the scatty-brain type, it's best to skip this method of birth control. 
  • Though serious problems related to the use of birth control pills are very rare, the chances of developing blood clots, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes or liver tumors are slightly greater in women who take birth control pills.


However, you should NOT take the pill if… 

  • You suffer from a history of blood clots, heart related problems like angina or kidney failure. 
  • You have a history of breast cancer or other estrogen-dependent cancers of the reproductive organs. 
  • You are in the acute stages of hepatitis. 
  • You are a heavy smoker above the age of 35. 
  • You start getting migraines after getting on the pill
  • You have high blood pressure or diabetes. 
  • You are about to undergo some major surgery. 
  • You are breast-feeding. 
  • You are above the age of 50.

You may also be interested in:

Smart Parenting
(45214 views)
Fussy Eating Habits
(21214 views)
Copper T
(604142 views)
The Diaphragm
(7504 views)
The Cervical Cap
(8128 views)
Cancel
Save Edit
parenting
Notifications
6 Comments
Sort by Newest

Mimsy.4 years ago
can it be used as a regular method of contraception?
 
 
 
.
Reply
Haque.5 years ago
My wife taken unwanted 72 within 42 hours of unprotected sex but after 4 days her mensuration not started . We r worry for that. Her period started on 13 th and we had sex on 28th.
Please help...
 
 
 
.
Reply
SAM.7 years ago
I WANT TO KNOW IF THERE ANY MEDICINE CAN BE TAKE FOR UNWANTED PREGNANCY, MY WIFE IS CARING 40-44 DAYS ,AND WE DONT WANT BABE AT THIS MOMENT , WE HAVE ALREADY A 8 MONTHS BABE . PL. LET ME KNOW IF THERE ANY KIND OF MEDICATION.
19
 
 
 
.
Reply
Back to Previous Page   |   More on Women's Health Index

 
 


All tips on A Guide To Contraception
You ever wanted in one place.
No need to go anywhere else. No spam.

*No spam only genuine emails
Follow us on:




Featured Articles - Infertility | Baby Development | Health and Fitness | How to Get Pregnant | Parenting Advice | Weight Loss | Pregnancy Advice | Name Numerology
Baby - Baby Photo Contest | Lucky Names | Lucky Birthdates | Horoscopes | Chinese Calendar | Compatibility Test | Fun Zone
Parenting - Message Boards | Planning a Baby | Pregnancy | Parents of Babies | Baby Names | Baby Name Poll | Birth Announcements | Parenting Quiz
Family - Cooking Club | Love & Relationships | Beauty Tips | Kids Weight Calculator | Recipe Maker
General - Calorie Counter | Personality Quiz | Love Signs | Compatibility Quiz
Home | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Comments or Suggestions | Indiaparenting News Articles | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | | RSS
Copyright (c) 1999 - 2018 India Parenting Pvt. Ltd.