How Do I Pick the Right Birth Control Pill?

Birth control pills are the most popular form of contraception. Even though they are effective and easy to use, choosing the right one for you can be confusing because there are so many options.

Birth control pillsSome claim to relieve PMS symptoms, reduce cramping, lighten your flow, and even clear up acne so how can you decide which pill you want to take?

Types of Birth Control Pills

There are two types of birth control pills:

Combination birth controls

The combined pill has both estrogen and progestin and, when taken correctly, is super-effective at preventing pregnancy. Different types of combination birth control pills contain different doses of estrogen and progestin.

The categories for combination birth controls include:

  • Monophasic – Each active pill contains the same amount of estrogen and progestin
  • Multiphasic – The amounts of hormones in active pills vary

Combination birth controls also vary depending on how often someone wants to have a period. Conventional packs usually contain 21 active pills and seven inactive pills, or 24 active pills and four inactive pills. Continuous dosing or extended cycle packs contain 84 active pills and seven inactive pills, which means bleeding generally occurs only four times a year.

Progesterone only birth controls (mini pills)

The mini pill isn’t known to be as effective as the combined pill. Women who have migraines with visual effects, high blood pressure, blood clotting, or women who can’t take estrogen are usually instructed to take the mini pill. The mini pill has to be taken at the same every day in order to be effective.

Birth Control Side Effects

All birth control pills will have some side effects, but it depends on the hormone dosage. The most common symptoms for birth control pills include:

  • Spotting
  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness

Women’s Health Partners will assist you in choosing the right birth control for you based around your needs. Call our Boca Raton or Boynton Beach office to schedule a meeting with one of our physicians.