Birth control is a method of avoiding pregnancy. Las Vegas birth control comes in various forms, such as hormonal contraception like “the pill.” Some individuals take the pill by mouth to prevent pregnancy, and it is up to 99.9% effective when taken appropriately. Conversely, the pill does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. The vaginal ring and the patch are two more types of combined estrogen and progestin hormonal contraception. Moreover, only with a specialist’s prescription are birth control tablets available. Some are accessible over the counter (without a prescription) at pharmacies and clinics.
Packaging of birth control pills
You’ll receive a box of pills in tiny packaging. The number of tablets in a pack of regular birth control pills is either 21 or 28. There are 21 active tablets and seven inactive (placebo) pills in each of the 28-day pill packs. On the pill packs, the days of the week are printed to remind you to take a pill every day. The seven inactive tablets in the 28-day pill pack remind you that you should start a fresh pill pack after 28 days. Some of the newest pills include only two or no inactive pills. It’s essential to take all of your pills to ensure that you don’t become pregnant.
How to start taking birth control pills
Consult your specialist to determine when you should begin using birth control pills. Start your pill pack even if you’re still having your period on the day you’ve been ordered. After starting the pill pack, you’ll receive your next period about 25 days later. It’s preferable if the pills are taken each day simultaneously. You can take these anytime during the day, but it will be easier to remember if you take them before breakfast or before sleep. Similarly, extended-cycle drugs operate. The first Sunday following your period begins, you begin taking the pill. Start your menstruation on Sunday if your cycle starts on that day. For 84 days, you take one active tablet every day. Then you have seven days to take one placebo or estrogen-only pill every day, based on the kind of pill you’re taking.
What happens if you don’t take your birth control pills
If you miss taking a birth control pill, remember to do it as soon as possible. If you don’t remember until the next day, take two pills the next day; take two pills the day you remember and two pills the following day. You’ll then be back on track. Contact your clinician if you miss more than two pills. You can be told to take one pill per day until Sunday and then start a new pill pack or throw out the rest of the pack and start fresh the next day.
Hormones in birth control pills have various effects on the body. As a result, adverse effects are pretty standard. Individuals and different types of pills have a wide range of side effects. They usually go away after 2–3 months of using the medication. If the adverse effects are severe, interfere with your everyday living or continue longer than three months, call Darin Swainston, MD, FACOG, to schedule your consultation today.