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BIRTH CONTROL - THE PILL

THE PILL (oral contraceptives)
Abortion Clinic RU486 What is "the Pill"?
Abortion Clinic RU486 How does the Pill work?
Abortion Clinic RU486 How effective is the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Am I a good candidate for the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Are there any reasons why I shouldn't use the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Which Pill is right for me?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What are the most common side effects of the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What are the benefits of the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 When do I start the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 How do I take the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What If I miss a Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Are there any warning signs I should look out for once I start the Pill?
 
What are the most common side effects of the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Many of the side effects from the pill are due to the estrogen component and usually resolve within the first few months of starting the pill.  Thus, new pill starters are encouraged to try the pill for at least 3 months.
Abortion Clinic RU486 nausea
  Caused by the estrogen component.  Try taking the pill at night or with a snack.  You may benefit from starting with the lowest estrogen dose (20 mcg) pill. 
Abortion Clinic RU486 breast tenderness
  Both the estrogen and progestin components of the pill may contribute to breast tenderness. Eliminating caffeine and chocolate from your diet may help.
Abortion Clinic RU486 menstrual changes
 
Breakthrough bleeding or any irregular bleeding may occur within the first 3 months of use, especially if you have missed pills or are not taking them at the same time each day.  Breakthrough bleeding does not decrease the effectiveness of thepill provided you are taking them daily.  If this persists after 3 months, often a change to a higher dose pill or simply a different brand will help.  If intermenstrual bleeding persists, you may need to be checked for other causes of bleeding unrelated to pill use.
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If you develop headaches while on the pill, these need to be evaluated by your doctor.  If you suffer from any neurological symptoms such as changes in vision or tingling/numbness in your extremities then you should immediately discontinue the pill asestrogen will increase your risk of stroke.  If headaches continue or worsen without neurological complaints, you may want to switch to the lowest dose estrogen pill or simply a different formulation.  Women who suffer from menstrual migraines usually benefit from being on the pill.
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The pill may cause an increase in blood pressure in some women.  New users should have their pressure checked 3 months after starting the pill and all women should have it checked at each doctor's visit.  Women with a known history of hypertension that is well-controlled on medications may be able to take the pill but should consult with their primary care doctor.
Abortion Clinic RU486 gallbladder disease
  The pill may stimulate the growth of gallstones in women with existing gallbladder disease.
 
 
What are the benefits of the Pill?
Abortion Clinic RU486 more regular and predictable menses
Abortion Clinic RU486 decrease in the number of days of bleeding and amount of blood loss each month
Abortion Clinic RU486 decrease in menstrual cramps
Abortion Clinic RU486 decreases acne (all brands decrease testosterone which decreases acne)
Abortion Clinic RU486 improves hirsutism (excessive hair growth)
Abortion Clinic RU486 decreases benign breast disease (fibroadenoma and cystic changes)
Abortion Clinic RU486 lifetime decrease risk of ovarian cancer by 40% continuing at least 15 years after use
Abortion Clinic RU486 lifetime decrease risk of endometrial cancer by 50%
Abortion Clinic RU486 decreased risk of colorectal cancer in current users and within 10 years of use
Abortion Clinic RU486 desirable effect on cholesterol; increases the good cholesterol while decreasing the bad cholesterol
Abortion Clinic RU486 preserves bone density and possible reduction in osteoporosis
 
 
When do I start the Pill?

You must wait for your next period to ensure that you are NOT pregnant when you start the pill.  You can start EITHER:                  

Day-1 start: on the first day of bleeding

Sunday start: on the Sunday following the first day of bleeding

If you start the pill on a Sunday you will NOT get your period on the weekend.  If you start the pill within the first five days of your period you will be protected from pregnancy that first month and not need a back-up method.  You can use the following regimen to benefit from a Sunday Start and still have immediate protection from pregnancy.  If your period starts on a Monday or Tuesday, this regimen will shorten your cycle by one or two days, which is not harmful to you.  Then start your next and all subsequent pill packs on the Sunday following completion of the prior pack. 
If your period starts on Sunday
If your period starts on
Monday
If your period starts on Tuesday
If your period
starts on
Wednesday
If your period starts on Thursday
If your period starts on Friday
If your period starts on Saturday
Following Sunday
Start pill today Throw out Sunday's pill, start today with Monday's pill Throw out Sunday and Monday's pills, start today with Tuesday's pill Start pill the following Sunday Start pill the following Sunday Start pill the following Sunday Start pill the following Sunday Start today

The pill may be started after the end of a pregnancy.  You may start the pill the Sunday after a termination of pregnancy.  It will then be effective two weeks later when it is generally safe to return to sexual activity.  You may experience irregular bleeding the first month due to both healing from the procedure itself as well as your body getting use to the hormones. 

You may also start the pill after a full-term pregnancy. If you do NOT plan to breast feed the pill may be started on the Sunday three weeks after delivery and will be effective by the sixth postpartum week when it is generally safe to return to sexual activity.  In women who choose to breastfeed, the estrogen component of the pill may decrease the milk supply, thus progestin-only pills are recommended and are initiated after 6 weeks when the milk supply is well-established.

 
 
How do I take the Pill?
You must take one (active) pill everyday.  Most packs contain 3 weeks of hormonally active pills followed by one week of inactive pills (or 7 days of taking no pills) during which time you will get your period.  The placebo pills serve as a reminder to get you into the habit of taking a pill every day and not forgetting to start your next pack.  Try linking it to something you do  the same time every day (i.e. brushing your teeth before going to bed).
 
 
What If I miss a Pill?

If you miss any of the inactive pills throw out all pills missed.  If you miss any of the hormonally active pills:

Missed 1 pill in any week.  Take the missed pill NOW and the next pill at the usual time (this may entail taking 2 pills now).  You will be protected from pregnancy but may have some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for the remainder of the pill pack.  This should resolve when you start your next pack.

Missed 2 pills in week 1 or 2.  Take 2 pills NOW and 2 pills tomorrow.  Then take 1 pill a day until you finish the pack.  Use a backup method of contraception (i.e. condom) for the next 7 days.  Again you may have some bleeding or spotting for the remainder of the pill pack.

Missed 2 pills in week 3 or missed 3 or more pills.  For Day-1 Start: Throw out pack.  Start new pack the same day.  Use a backup method for 7 days.  For Sunday Start: Take 1 pill each day until Sunday.  On Sunday, throw out the old pack and start a new pack.  Use a backup method for 7 days. 

If you do miss 2 or more pills and are concerned you may be pregnant, emergency contraception or the "morning-after pill" is available.  This must be taken within 72 hours (or 3 days) of unprotected intercourse.  You may call the office to receive this form of contraception.  Of note, this is only intended for occasional use and not as a regular method of birth control.

 
 
Are there any warning signs I should look out for once I start the Pill?
Call your doctor if you have any of the following problems:  severe abdominal pain; severe chest pain (shortness of breath or sharp pain on breathing); severe headache, dizziness, weakness or numbness, especially if one sided; eye problems (vision loss or blurring), speech problems; or severe calf or thigh pain.

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