Every woman knows that pregnancy should be conscious and planned. To prevent unwanted pregnancy, a woman should use contraceptive methods. The most common form of hormonal contraception is birth control pills. They make contraception easy, convenient and reliable. But remember that such pills contain hormones. Therefore, not everyone can use them.
The choice of method and the selection of oral contraceptives should be selected by a doctor. But if for some reason you do not have the opportunity to visit a doctor, Canadian Family Pharmacy has prepared this article for you. Today you will find out how birth control pills work, who should not take them and how to orient in the variety of drug choices.
Hormonal contraception is a way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, which a woman can fully regulate on her own. At the same time, its effectiveness is higher than all other protection options. So, a possible pregnancy becomes something that partners can consciously choose. However such contraceptives do not protect against genital infections – the only way to avoid them is to use a condom.
All hormonal contraceptives generally work on the same principle: they suppress ovulation and / or prevent the egg from fixing on the surface of the uterine mucosa. This is due to the fact that a small amount of synthetic sex hormones is constantly entering the body. Suppression of ovulation immerses the ovaries in an artificially induced controlled “sleep”: they decrease in size and the follicles cease to discard eggs in vain.
There are a number of absolute contraindications (this means that the drug can harm your health). Refuse to accept hormonal contraceptives in the following cases:
Medicine and the pharmaceutical industry are actively developing, and hormone pills of a new generation are significantly different from what women used in the 60s. But you can get them without a doctor only in exceptional cases (for example, when there is absolutely no way to go to the gynecologist). When prescribing birth control pills, the doctor takes into account a number of important factors: basal temperature, the level of a whole set of hormones. This is necessary so that the drug does not harm the body. If you decided to take oral contraceptives, the following steps are required:
If necessary, the doctor can also examine/prescribe:
Only on the basis of the data obtained, the doctor selects the optimal type and dose of oral contraceptives. However, even this approach does not always completely eliminate possible side effects. Therefore, you should assess tolerance and possibly replace the drug after 3 months. If you take such drugs, do not forget to undergo regular examinations (gynecologist’s consultation, blood biochemistry and coagulogram once a year or better every six months).
If you still decide to refuse a doctor’s consultation (or you simply do not have the opportunity to get it), read the top of the most popular drugs: a description will help you better understand what is right for your body. But be careful when making your choice: no one knows your body and physiological characteristics better than you.
You probably know this name: these are the popular contraceptives of the new generation. This is not only birth control pills but also a drug that treats some disorders in the field of gynecology and hormone dependence. It helps to cure acne and get rid of other skin imperfections. The contraceptive effect is achieved due to the estrogens and gestagens that make up the drug. They block ovulation. Usually, they are prescribed to young women.
The drug affects the state of health during menstruation. Its composition affects the reduction of anemia and pain symptoms. Very often, gynecologists prescribe this remedy for severe symptoms of PMS.
When choosing which birth control pills to take, pay attention to this remedy. It is quite affordable medication but high-quality (and you can buy them in almost every pharmacy). The drug is often prescribed to treat violations in the menstrual cycle, dysmenorrhea and dysfunctional bleeding in the uterine cavity. Unpleasant symptoms of PMS will also go away. But be careful: you should not take it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Marvelon is one of the options to choose after 30. Women who have already given birth but are still in childbearing age should take low-dose hormonal drugs.
Lactinette belongs to the category of mini-pills, which contain a minimum amount of hormones (but it cannot be considered non-hormonal). It is often prescribed to lactating women with an active menstrual cycle and to those who are contraindicated to take combined oral contraceptives. Lactinette is suitable for you if you smoke.
After 40, you’d better choose birth control suppositories. This form of contraception is the safest at this age. They can be used before menopause, if you have an active sex life but do not plan to give birth. This method has a minimum number of contraindications, they are comfortable, quickly dissolve and do not interfere with sexual intercourse. Hormonal disorders do not threaten you, because the likelihood of an overdose is negligible. Do an allergy test: if you feel comfortable after introducing a suppository, then you can safely use it 5-10 minutes before sexual intercourse.
Not all drugs are suitable for this period – you need one that does not affect lactation, and only a gynecologist can choose it correctly. Usually, these are mini-pills, in which the hormone content is very low. But you’d better not buy them without a doctor’s advice. Each of them has side effects, and you risk not only your health but also the health of the baby.
If losing weight is the only purpose for which you are taking the drug, then this is a big mistake that can cost you health. Yes, contraceptives change the hormonal background and losing weight can be a pleasant “side effect”. However, no one guarantees it: there are many healthy ways to lose weight in addition to playing with hormones. Before taking hormones to lose weight, think about whether it’s worth the harm that you cause to the body.
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