The What, When & How of Birth Control

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The What, When & How of Birth Control

Yes, women feel sexually aroused. Yes, women want to have sex. Yes, women want to have sex the sole purpose of which is not giving birth. And one of the things that make this possible is birth control pills.

What are birth control pills?

These are oral contraceptives, i.e. medications taken through the mouth to prevent pregnancy. If you are a sexually active female, you can consider taking these pills. The type of birth control you take is your personal choice. Make sure to consult a sexologist doctor when making this decision. The following unique factors might determine which pill works for you:

  • Your menstrual symptoms
  • If you are breastfeeding
  • Any chronic health conditions you might have
  • Other medications you consume
  • Your cardiovascular condition

When do I take birth control pills?

It depends on whether your doctor prescribes you:

  • Combination pills that come in a monthly pack that follow either a 21-day, 24-day, and 28-day cycle. For all these formats, you take one pill at the same time every day.
  • Progestin pills that come in only a 28-day format. Here also, you take one pill at the same time every day.

How do birth control pills work?

They work in two ways.

One, these pills prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg for fertilisation. Two, they thicken the cervical mucus, preventing the sperm from reaching your uterus.

What are some of the benefits of taking birth control pills?

Here are a few:

  • They protect you all day long. So you need not worry about getting pregnant when engaging in sex.
  • They aid in regulating your menstrual cycle. This can come in handy for women with irregular or heavy periods.
  • They are the most effective among all available contraceptive options.
  • They are fully reversible. So if you decide to stop consuming them, your menstrual cycle will return to normal.

What are some of the risks of taking birth control pills?

Some side effects of the pill include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Nausea
  • Tenderness of breast
  • Bleeding in between periods

Usually, these side effects subside within a few months of the use. If they do not, check with your doctor, who might put you on another kind of birth control pill.

Let’s discuss even the risks for a more holistic view:

  • They offer no protection against sexually transmitted infections. To make sure you stay protected from STIs, please use a condom in addition to taking these pills.
  • You have to take the pill every day at the same time, and ensure you have a fresh pack ready in case the old one is about to finish. Missing a pill or any delay in starting a new pack once your cycle finishes can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
  • One serious risk of using these pills is the development of blood clots which would later lead to a heart attack or a stroke.


We’d like to leave you with a few questions you can ask your doctor when considering taking birth control pills:

  • What kind of birth control pill suits me best?
  • Is my present medication going to interfere with the pill?
  • Am I at a high risk of developing blood clots from the pill?
  • What should I do if I forget to take a pill?

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