Birth control pills. Have you taken yours today? What to do if you forget to take yours?
It depends on what type of pill you are taking.
There are 2 types:
1) Combined oral contraceptives, which contain both estrogen and progesterone. The progesterone component stops you from ovulating which stops you from getting pregnant. A side effect of not ovulating is irregular periods and unscheduled bleeding. The estrogen component regulates your bleeding. Combined oral contraceptives are usually wonderful to help regulate periods, decrease bleeding, decrease pain with your period, decrease symptoms of PMS, improve your skin, etc. These wonderful side effects are why pills are so popular and a favorite of mine.
2) Progesterone only pills, also called the “mini-pill”. It could not be more clearly stated: these pills contain only progesterone. No estrogen. They prevent ovulation but don’t have the estrogen to regulate your bleeding so the main side effect is unscheduled bleeding. There is no placebo week. These pills are for women who want a pill form of birth control but SHOULD NOT OR CANNOT USE ESTROGEN (discussion this with your doctor!): This is you if:
I could go on and on about birth control pills. To get to my point:
What to do if you forget yours:
If you are taking combined oral contraceptives:
If you are taking progesterone only pills:
Rules are MUCH stricter:
To be effective, you need to take the pill at the same time every day.
What can help you remember to take your pill?
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