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Birth Control Pill: How it works, how to take it, and doubts

According to Healthline - The birth control pill, or simply "the pill", is a hormone-based medicine and the main method of contraception used by most women, and must be taken daily to ensure 98% protection against unwanted pregnancy.

Some examples of contraceptive pills are Diane 35, Yasmin or Cerazette, for example, however the type of contraceptive pill varies from woman to woman and therefore must be indicated by a gynecologist.

The correct use of the pill has some advantages over other contraceptive methods, such as regulating menstruation, combating acne or reducing menstrual cramps, but it also has some disadvantages, such as not protecting against sexually transmitted infections and having the power to cause side effects such as headache or nausea.

How the pill works

The contraceptive pill acts by inhibiting ovulation due to the presence of hormones in its composition and, therefore, the woman does not enter the fertile period. Thus, even if there is an ejaculation inside the vaginal canal, the spermatozoids do not have any kind of egg to fertilize, and there is no pregnancy.

In addition, the pill also prevents the cervix from dilating, reducing the entry of spermatozoa and preventing the uterus from having the conditions for the development of a baby.

How to use the pill correctly

To use the pill correctly one must take into account that there are different types of pills:

Regular Pill

Continuous use pill: You should take 1 pill a day, always at the same time, every day, without a break between pills.

It is important that the pill is taken at the same time, because this ensures the optimal amount of circulating hormones to prevent ovulation. However, in case of forgetfulness, it is important that the pill is taken as soon as remembered and that condoms are used during intercourse.

Common questions about the pill

Some of the most common questions about the pill are:

1. Is the pill fattening

Some birth control pills have a side effect of bloating and slight weight gain, however, this is more common with the continuous use pills and subcutaneous implants.

2. Is the pill an abortifacient

The birth control pill is not an abortifacient, but when it is taken during pregnancy it can harm the baby.

3. How do I take the pill for the first time

To take the pill for the first time, one should take the first pill on the first day of menstruation.

4. Can I have sex during the break period

Yes, there is no risk of pregnancy during this period if the pill was taken correctly during the entire previous month.

5. Can men take the pill

No, the contraceptive pill is only indicated for women and has no contraceptive effect on men

6. Is the pill bad for me

Just like any other medicine, the pill can be bad for some people, so its contraindications should be respected.

7. Does the pill change the body

No, but in early adolescence girls start having a more developed body, with larger breasts and hips, and this is not due to the use of the pill, nor to the beginning of sexual relations.

8. Can the pill fail

Yes, the pill can fail when a woman forgets to take the pill every day, does not respect the taking schedule or when she vomits or has diarrhea within 2 hours after taking the pill. Some medicines can also cut the effect of the pill.

9. When does the pill start working

The birth control pill starts to work on the first day of taking it, however, it is better to wait until the end of a course to have intercourse.

10. Does the pill protect against diseases

There are some studies that indicate that it can reduce the risk of some types of cancer, however, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and, therefore, in addition to taking the pill, one should also use a condom in all sexual relations.

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