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Which types of female hormones are present in birth control pills?
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There are two types of birth control pills the Combination pills, which contain estrogen and progestin and Progestin-only pills. Most birth control pills use the same type of estrogen, while they contain a slightly different type of the hormone progestin, and different doses of it. So, all birth control pills are not created equal. Because the birth control pills are not the same because of the dosage of progestin and its type, you can experience potentially different side effects. So, whichever brand of birth control pill you try, give it at least three months for the side effects to pass.
What are the common side effects of birth control pills?
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If your dose of birth control is too high or you don t take the Pill with food, you may experience nausea soon after ingesting it. Some women can experience increased acne breakouts when they go on birth control pills due to the change in hormone levels. Increased estrogen can also trigger headaches. So, adding more estrogen to your body as a Pill can increase the frequency and intensity of migraines if you have a headache history. Talk to your doctor and explore other options of birth control.
Today s birth control pills are different from the ones that were in vogue during the 60s when they were first introduced into the market.
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When birth control pills were first introduced in the early 1960s, they contained very high levels of female hormones estrogen and progestin. Estrogen in high doses can cause weight gain due to fluid retention and an increase in appetite. Current birth control pills have much lower amounts of the female hormones which means that weight gain should not happen due to the pill. So, check for other reasons for weight gain like a thyroid malfunction.
Birth control pills affect libido.
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A number of things can impact your libido and birth control is also one very big factor. Both families of hormonal birth control- the combination pill and the progestin- only pill can cause changes in your body s hormones that could potentially affect libido. If you think your birth control pill is affecting your libido in a bad way, try switching to a different birth control method for a few months.
Progestin only pills cause lesser side effects than the combination pills.
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Some women taking combined hormonal contraceptives experience more side effects than they do when they switch to a progestin-only birth control pill. The side effects either become less intense or progestin-only pills make them go away altogether. If switching to progestin-only pill doesn t help, then switch to another contraception. You know your body best, so if you don t like the way your birth control pill is making you feel; try a different one or method.