A birth control pill is used by the female gender to control pregnancy. The pill prevents ovulation. The ovulation is prevented by hormones that cause the mucus at the cervix to thicken preventing the sperm to enter. Further still a fertilized egg finds it difficult to attach itself to the lining of the uterus because of the hormones that make it thin.
How It Works
The birth control pill triggers hormones, which prevent ovulation. There are two hormones that are involved: estrogen and progestin. Estrogen prevents the ovaries from picking up any eggs. There are also progestin-only pills that serve the same purpose. These pills should be taken daily. Important still is that the pills should be taken the same time each day to maintain a stable level of hormones in the body.
How to Use
The first step is to take the pills daily and at the same time. Secondly, the pills should be taken from left to right. That also allows for easy marking and tracking of the pills taken. Once the last pill is taken from a package, a new package should be opened the next day and a pill taken from it.
There are three different ways for taking the pills. The first way is to take the pill on the first day of one’s period and continue the routine daily observing the same time. The second method is taking the pill at a first day of convenience and continue the routine observing the same time. This method though may need backup methods of controlling pregnancy such as abstinence for seven days. The third and last way to use the pill is to start taking the pills on the first Sunday after the periods.
If the periods begin on a Sunday, it is recommended that the pills be taken then. A routine daily practice should follow. A backup method for controlling pregnancy such as condoms or abstinence for seven days may be needed.
There are a various side effect that are related to the use of birth control pills. They include weight fluctuations, more or less growth of hair, heart attack and stroke risk, mood changes, clotting and bloating. Such side effects are brought about by the continued use of the birth control pill. Some side effects such as stroke and heart attack pose significant dangers and doctors should be regularly visited.
Impact of the Medication
One of the impacts of the medication of the pill is overdependence on which it may affect the performance of other antibiotics in the body. The reverse is true. At times taking the pills not as advised may cause serious implications in the future where bearing of a baby may become difficult. It is essential to exercise caution and comprehensively follow prescriptions.