Monday, June 20, 2011

Progesterone Only Birth Control

progesterone only birth controlWhat is a progestin-only contraceptive?
A progestin-only contraceptive is one kind of pill for birth control. Often called the "mini pill." The regular pill for birth control are the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. The mini pill contains only progesterone. Because this pill does not contain estrogen may not have as many side effects. Progestin and progesterone are the same hormone.

How does the progestin-only contraceptive?

First, as the regular pill for birth control pill that contains only progestin does to your body "think" you are pregnant and stops your ovary from releasing an egg. Second, the mini-pill causes changes in your uterus (where a baby grows) that makes your uterus is less likely to let a pregnancy started even if an egg is released. And third, the progestin-only pill thickens the mucus between your uterus and vagina.

Does the progestin-only pill is better than the regular pill for birth control?
The progestin-only pill is better than the regular pill for birth control if you are breastfeeding (breastfeeding) as the mini pill does not affect your milk supply, however, will impair estrogen and quantity of warm milk chest.
The mini-pill may be safer for some women to use the common pills for birth control. This pill is safe for women over 35 years.
The regular pill for birth control make some women feel sick to their stomach or have severe headaches. The progestin-only pill might not cause this problem.

If I use the progestin only pill I still get pregnant?
No contraceptive method is perfect, even if you use it correctly. Three of every 100 women using progestin-only pill correctly could still get pregnant. The risk of pregnancy is almost same as the risk with regular pills for birth control. Remember that both kinds of pills for birth control are better at preventing pregnancy than condoms alone.

What progestin-only pill have any disadvantages?

If the bleeding seems heavy or if it bothers you, you can talk to your doctor.
A common side effect of the mini-pill is feeling hungry more often, which can result in weight gain. This side effect usually goes away when you stop taking the pill.
As a regular pill for birth control, the progestin-only pill must be taken for a full month before it can protect you from pregnancy. Then, during the first month, you need to use another method of contraception such as condoms, along with the mini pill.

The mini pill works best if you take it every day at the same time. The schedule is much more important for progestin-only pill for the common pills for birth control. You can not take two mini-pills the next day to replenish the pill that you forgot, in the same way as the regular pill for birth control.

Like all birth control birth progestin-only pill does not protect you from getting a sexually transmitted disease.

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