Birth control advocates has been consistent in propagating information promoting birth control. For several reasons, many women are now well-informed of the importance of planned pregnancy and giving spaces for births. With the increasing growth of population, the government is way like giving their complete support in achieving its success.
The History of Oral Contraceptives:
Birth control pills became available in circulation early in 1960’s. Its use was mainly intended for averting unwanted pregnancies by restraining ovulation process. There are some nasty effects that accompanied the early development of this oral contraceptive pills. Oral contraceptive pills then undergone adjustments in its formulation, decreasing the estrogen component and introduction of alternative administration and dosage.
This medical breakthrough encouraged many women in using this method of contraception. Although received various moral protest, the objection for its use has gradually fade and oral contraceptive pill has now established conventional acclamation.
Types of Oral Contraceptives:
The conventional composition of oral contraceptive pill includes two sex hormones called progestin and estrogen. These two hormones prevent ovulation by changing the uterus lining and modification of the cervical mucus essential thereby avoiding the unification of the sperm and egg. Other type of oral contraceptives contains only one sex hormone called progestin. Progestin-only oral contraceptives are called “mini pills” that works as effective as the combination of estrogen and progestin hormones and widely available under the brand names Micronor, Ovrette and Nor-QD.
Combination pills works effectively in preventing pregnancy when used accurately. This pill are available in different brands like Ovcon, Nordette, Desogen, Alesse Yasmin, Microgestin, Genora and many others.
Another type of Oral Contraceptive is called “extended cycle pill”. This pill is sold in packs containing pills for three months use, with 2 months pill to contain 28 hormone pills. As a consequence to its formulation and dosage, menstrual cycle is affected, of having to escape regular monthly menstrual period. Extended cycle pill are offered under the brand names Lybrel, Seasonique and Seasonale.
What Works best?
There are various brands of oral contraceptive pills available. As to its efficacy, no one really works above the other. It all depends on how your body reacts to its dosage and formulation. Although views on its efficacy vary largely on different age group, many women preferred “extended cycle pills”.
Like the effect of drugs containing synthetic formulation, oral contraceptives has the followings precautions on most common side effects:
There are medications that are contraindicated in the use of this pill. For one, the use of antibiotics can lessen the efficacy of this oral contraceptive pill.
To ensure safety and for your own protection, it is most suitable to discuss your concern with your obstetrician whether your health history and state of physical condition qualifies you to take oral contraceptive pill. Women who are recently giving birth are most likely to be advised to take oral contraceptive pill three months after giving birth. Women who have history of blood clots and have family history of breast cancer are discouraged to use oral contraceptive pill