Planned Parenthood and Post-Contraceptive Time of Effectiveness

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Birth control pills are female birth control method used to prevent pregnancy. These pills contain two hormones - estrogen and progestin. They function by doing two things: (1) thickening the cervical mucus to make it difficult for a sperm to make a contact with the egg during ovulation period and (2) preventing the woman from ovulating.

What Does it Mean to Take a Contraceptive Pill on Time?

Using a pill requires that you swallow a contraceptive pill each day.  There is no need to take it at the exact time every day. It also depends on the type of pills that you are taking. For women who use a combination of estrogen-progestin pills, the time-space is wider. This means that if she misses one day of taking the pill, she can just take two pills the following day and the effectiveness of the pill will remain the same.

Once a woman missed three pills covering for three days, the use fo a backup birth control method is advised.

 

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What’s the Difference of a Post-birth Control Pill?

Post-birth control pill is used by women who have used a birth control method that failed or has had an unprotected sex. Generally, the treatment is reserved only for certain situations and should not be considered as a regular birth control method. Emergencies mean women who were raped, missed two or more pills during her monthly cycle, or have a slip off during an intercourse.

As some people call emergency contraceptive pill as  “morning-after pills,” you may have the idea that you have to wait the morning after the unprotected sex to take the pill. No. You can actually the pills right away or use it for up to 5 days after the unprotected sex.

 

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How Effective is Taking Postpartum Contraceptive Pill?

Postpartum period refers to the first six weeks after a woman gives birth to a child. Taking postpartum contraceptive is effective as you take it exactly as you are supposed or instructed to, which means one pill per day. A woman may also consider backup contraception methods if she is vomiting or suffering from diarrhea due to the other medications she is taking apart from the birth control pill.

 

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Are Post-pill Ingredients Safe?

There are different brands of birth control pills that can be used by women for emergency contraception. The post-pill ingredients like the Progestin-only EC are approved as a safe and effective product for an unrestricted sale, which means that anyone can purchase the pill without having to show an ID. Emergency contraceptive pills have no serious and long-term side effects.

 

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The Use of Different Types of Combination of Prescription Contraceptives

There are various types of combination prescription contraceptives that contain progestin and estrogen. Monophasic birth control pills provide the same amount of progestin and estrogen each day. The biphasic birth control pills deliver same estrogen amount for the first 21 days of a woman’s cycle. The triphasic birth control bills have changing or constant estrogen concentration along with varying concentrations of progestin.

 

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Are There Post-contraceptive Side Effects?

Post-contraceptive pills or emergency pills are safe for every woman and have no long-term serious health effects. However, some women may experience few post-contraceptive side effects, such as feeling queasy, throwing up, feeling tired, headache, or a lower abdominal pain. Some may also find their breasts more tender than usual. These side effects normally stop within the day or two.

There are also those who find that the pills cause an unexpected bleeding. This is not really dangerous and normally clears up once she gets her next period. Taking the pills may also cause for a woman’s period to come late or early.

 

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