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Saturday, January 12, 2013

One Pill Two Pills Red Pills Blue Pills? What's A Lady Going To Select

Birth control pills come with lots of choices, and these choices are right for over 11 million US women as ACOG President Douglas W. Laube, MD, MEd says. In fact the pill for women and condoms for men account for about 50% of overall contraceptive use.The FDA wants women to use the lowest dosage of hormones possible, that is still compatible with a low pregnancy rate. To that end the pills on the market today have been designed to allow your gyno to pick what is really best for you. Often when they are packaged, they either have a single hormone dosage, or they have a variety of hormone dosages that are given over the cycle. With this they can be packaged as a 28 day cycle with 7 placebo pills, or 4 placebo pills, or pills that aren't truly placebos but have iron for instance. The pills you will have will use color coding to alert you to which pills to take on which days. And studies show if you get the branded pills with the right color coding, it actually helps you to stick to your schedule of when to take your pills which is important for protection. Usually most pills will have an estrogen and a progesterone component. And as time goes on there are even newer pills being developed. Bottom line, pills all work, they all  have health benefits that go beyond contraception, but they all have some annoying side effects that are reported in some women, and you do have to find one that minimizes the side effects for you. In real life, in spite of having so many pill choices, reversible contraceptive methods are rarely continued for more than 8 months, according to Dr Daniel R. Mishell and colleges reviewing contraceptive use in the March issue of Contraception. And it is true that all contraceptive pills have rare, but potential dangers, especially if you are a smoker over the age of 35.  Most women, naturally, will have at least 5 day periods. With the right pill, taken in the right color order, the menstrual period can be cut down by at least a third. There are important non-contraceptive benefits.  Dr. Hillard in  the recent ACOG information regarding birth control points out combination pill reduces the risk of a number of health problems, including cancers of the uterus and ovary; ovarian cysts; pelvic inflammatory disease; bone loss; benign breast disease; symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome; ectopic pregnancy; and anemia (iron-poor blood). "Another perk of the Pill is that certain brands help balance hormone levels, which control acne," added Dr. Hillard. Taking a pill that makes this easy, with their labels and colors also helps to minimize the side effects. And we shouldn't lose sign of how effective the pills really are. In studies of condom use, failure rates are as high as 40% and thus it's important to remember just how effect the pill is at almost 99% effective in the studies.  Some people think they can just rely on the morning after pill. Taken correctly it reduces your chance of pregnancy by 89%, but that is still far below the 99% protection you get from regular use of birth control pills. But remember to take your pills, almost 60% of pill users were found to have missed at least one pill in the prior 3 months in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project!


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