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How to choose the best contraceptive pill

If you want to use the best contraceptive pill, there are factors you have to consider and weigh before deciding what to take. Your gynaecologist will prescribe something working closely with and in consideration of your medical history and problems. But ultimately, how your body reacts to the pill and your feelings should take precedence.

The types

In the UK alone, there are at least 30 brands and types of birth control pills. Choosing the best contraceptive pill for you is going to be a tough call. However, there are factors you should consider weighing in the pros and cons of different types of contraception.

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Know that combined pills are the most common types. These pills work by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg. Under this method, you are going to take a 21 or 28 day pack. The combined pill method can make monthly periods regular and less painful. Premenstrual symptoms are also alleviated. It can reduce cancer risks (uterus, colon and ovary). However, like any other birth control method, you might suffer from side effects such as nausea, headaches and mood changes. It can also increase blood pressure and may cause bleeding.

The other type of pill is POP or progesteron only pill. It works mainly by making your cervix inhospitable to the sperm through mucus thickening. This method is ideal for those who cannot take oestregons or those who breastfeed. It can also help with premenstrual symptoms. But with POP, your periods might become irregular and there are also side effects such as headaches, weight changes and breast tenderness.

If you are suffering from painful menstruation or endometriosis, your physician might put you on an extended-cycle pills. There are also emergency contraceptive pills or the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy after engaging in unprotected sex. Advantages of this pill include reducing the risk of getting pregnant and even if you do, there is no risk of harming the foetus. Side effects include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

Hence, to make sure that your doctor is prescribing the best contraceptive pill, a detailed medical history will be taken to avoid unwanted or detrimental side effects. However, if you do not respond well to a particular birth control pill, it is worth trying other methods to see which one works best for you in close cooperation with your doctor.

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