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2 Reasons for Procedure
Here are the most common reasons to use a minipill (progestin-only birth control pill).
This may be suggested by your doctor if:
You have certain problems such as a history of blood clots in the legs or the lungs and at the same time if you have an increased risk of those conditions.
You are breastfeeding because it is believed that the estrogen component of combination birth control pills inhibited breast milk production though studies today show that combination birth control pills don't affect lactation.
You are concerned about combination birth control pills or drug interactions with or side effects of birth control pills containing estrogen for some women.
The minipill is an easily reversible method of contraception. Immediately after you stop taking the minipill, your fertility will return to normal. If you have the type of skin inflammation (dermatitis) that seems to be related to your menstrual cycle, your doctor may recommend minipill to treat this condition.
This is not for everyone, this may not be an option if:
You will have trouble taking the pill at the same time every day due to a changing work schedule or other factors.
You are taking medications for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS or to control seizures.
3 Potential Risks
Along with using a minipilll (progestin-only birth control pill) comes potential risks.
Some studies say that as many as 13 out of 100 women who use the minipill will get pregnant in a year of use. This minipill does not offer protection from sexually transmitted infections.
The failure rate of the minipill is thought to be higher than that of other hormonal contraceptive methods.
There will be a slightly higher chance that the pregnancy will be ectopic if you become pregnant while taking the minipill but there are no risk of birth defects in babies born to women taking the minipill while pregnant.
Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus mostly in a fallopian tube.
Here you can find out what to expect from your minipill (progestin-only birth control pill).
To use the minipill:
Talk to your doctor first about the starting date and having a backup method of birth control available if necessary.
Pick a time where you can take it regularly with the exact same time every day, but avoid sex or use a backup method of birth control for at least two days if you take the minipill more than three hours later than usual.
Do not take breaks between packs because this do not contain a week of inactive pills so you should always have your next pack ready before you finish your current pack.
Look out for missed pills even if it means taking two pills in one day or you can use a backup method of birth control for at least two days.
Use a backup method of birth control if you experienced diarrhea or vomiting while using the minipill. Contact your doctor right away if your bleeding is particularly heavy or lasts for more than eight days.
6 Procedure Results
If you do not understand your minipill (progestin-only birth control pill) results, consult with your doctor.
The benefits of using minipill are that women have a decreased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and endometrial cancer.
You may also have less menstrual cramping and pain, less chance of anemia and fewer periods.
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