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THE MINI PILL (progestin-only oral contraceptives)

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What is "the Mini Pill"?

Progestin-only oral contraceptives are commonly known as "the mini pill".  They differ from combined birth control pills in that they contain only one hormone (progestin) instead of two (estrogen and progestin).

 
 
How does the Mini Pill work?

The mini pill prevents pregnancy in several ways.  Their main action is to cause thickening of the cervical mucus; this blocks sperm from entering the cervix to reach and fertilize the egg.  They can also prevent ovulation, which is the release of eggs from the ovaries as well as cause changes in the lining of the uterus preventing implantation of the pregnancy.

 
 
How effective is the Mini Pill?

Among perfect users (women who miss no pills and follow instructions perfectly), only about 1 in 200 women (0.20) is expected to become pregnant over one first year of use. Among typical users, about 5 to 7 in 100 women will become pregnant over one year of use.  The mini pill is generally less effective than the combined pill.

 
 
Am I a good candidate for the Mini Pill?

Women who are unable to take estrogen containing birth control pills or are not interested in injectable progestin-only birth control (Depo-Provera) may be good candidates for the mini pill.  This includes if you are over 35 who smoke, if you have a history of high blood pressure, if you are at increased risk forming blood clots, if you experience vascular migraine headaches, and if you are currently exclusively breastfeeding. 

You must be very motivated to take the mini pill because if you are more than 3 hours late in taking the mini pill you must use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) for the next 48 hours

 
 
Are there any reasons why I shouldn't use the Mini Pill?

Most women of any age needing birth control can use the mini pill.  A woman may not be able to use the mini pill if she has history of:

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What are the common side effects of the Mini Pill?
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irregular bleeding

  Mini Pill users often have spotting or breakthrough bleeding (bleeding in the middle of the cycle) and irregular cycles (shorter or longer times between periods).  Menstrual cycle effects usually lessen over time.
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  Some women experience mood changes on the mini pill-depression, anxiety, or irritability.  Although depression may become worse on the mini pill, it is more likely to improve.
 
 
What are the benefits of the Mini Pill?
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