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Can you tell me what birth control pills are?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Hormones

The most commonly used birth control pills have two hormones in them, estrogen and progestin.
Birth control pills help prevent pregnancy through four methods. They make the cervical mucus too think for sperm to move. They slow the fine hairs in the fallopian tube that push the egg forward. They thin the lining of the uterus so an egg can't live there. They stop your ovaries from making an egg.

In brief: Hormones

The most commonly used birth control pills have two hormones in them, estrogen and progestin.
Birth control pills help prevent pregnancy through four methods. They make the cervical mucus too think for sperm to move. They slow the fine hairs in the fallopian tube that push the egg forward. They thin the lining of the uterus so an egg can't live there. They stop your ovaries from making an egg.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Just that

They are pills that regulate the cycle in such a way as to inhibit ovulation, thereby affording contraception.

In brief: Just that

They are pills that regulate the cycle in such a way as to inhibit ovulation, thereby affording contraception.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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