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How do birth control pills work?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Stops ovulation: Birth control pills stop ovulation, thicken cervical mucous, and thin the endometrial lining. All these work together to prevent pregnancy/.
Dr. Anthony Anzalone
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Norgestimate birth control pills, does this work well?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Yes: All birth control pills are more than 95% effective with typical use, But consider a long acting, reversible method of birth control like an implant or IUD so that you don't have to remember to take a birth control pill. Easy to place and fewer side effects as well because they provide a sustained release of hormones at a low dose, so they're very safe!
A 29-year-old female asked:

What is monophasic birth control pills?

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Dr. Devin Namaky
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Constant dose: Monophasic contraception delivers a single consistent dose of hormones. Other types such as triphasic use different doses of hormones at different points in your cycle to mimic a natural cycle. They are equivalent in efficacy.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What to do with left over birth control pills?

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Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
OCP: If prescribed you should not have any left over ocp. Take them as recommended by your doctor. If expired throw them away.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I take birth control pills?

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Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Switching birth control pills?

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Dr. Carl Connors
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Birth control pills: There are many types and doses of birth control pills. If one is not working well for you after three months, few side effects, talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation or type of administration. There are also patches and rings which have the same medication but bypass the stomach and less problems with nausea.

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