Which Contraception Method is Right for You?
By Alpro Pharmacy
March 13, 2023
Oral contraception, "The Pill"
Oral contraception, also known as “the pill,” is a popular form of birth control taken daily to prevent pregnancy. When choosing an oral contraception method, there are several factors to consider.
The RIGHT Pill
There are two types of oral contraceptives: combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) and progestin-only pills (POPs). Combination pills contain both estrogen and progestin, while progestin-only pills contain only progestin. Combination pills may be a better choice for some women because they can provide additional benefits, such as lighter periods and reduced acne. Progestin-only pills may be a better option for women who cannot tolerate estrogen or who are breastfeeding.
Combination pills come in various doses of estrogen and progestin. Women who experience side effects, such as nausea or headaches, may be recommended a lower dose pill. Women who have heavy periods may be recommended a higher dose pill.
Oral contraceptives can also be divided into monophasic and multiphasic pills. Monophasic pills have the same dose of hormones in each active pill, while multiphasic pills have varying doses of hormones throughout the cycle. Monophasic pills may be a better option for women who prefer a consistent dose of hormones each day, while multiphasic pills may be recommended for women who experience breakthrough bleeding on monophasic pills.
Common Concern: Weight Gain?
Weight gain is a common concern for women considering oral contraceptive pills. While some women may experience weight fluctuation while taking the pill, studies have shown that the amount of weight fluctuation is usually insignificant and may be due to other factors, such as changes in diet or lifestyle. It is important to remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to hormonal contraception, and not everyone will experience weight fluctuation. Some women may actually benefit from the newer generation pill, which can help with water retention.
If you are concerned about weight gain, talk to your healthcare provider about the potential side effects of the specific pill you are considering. They can help advise you on the most suitable pill for you or alternative methods according to your concerns.
I have high blood pressure/ diabetes/ a history of blood clots. How?
Women with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a history of blood clots, may need to avoid certain types of pills or use them with caution. Your healthcare provider can help you choose a pill that is safe for you to use.
Ultimately, the choice of oral contraception method will depend on your individual health history, lifestyle, and personal preferences. It’s important to discuss your options with your healthcare provider and choose a method that is safe, effective, and meets your individual needs.