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Oral Birth Control
 

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EFECTIVENESS:

93% typical use

Greater than 99% effective when used perfectly

COST: 

A monthly supply of pills is $25, however, this method may be free or at a reduced charge for you based on your household income!

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THE GOOD

  • Regulates your period

  • Reduces PMS symptoms such as bleeding, cramping, etc.

  • May decrease acne

  • Reduces the risk of many types of "female" cancers

  • Many different options are available

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

  • Possible spotting between periods

  • Possible irritation/discharge

  • Have to take daily, same time of day

  • May cause headache/nausea

  • May cause increase in acne

  • May cause breast tenderness

  • My cause vaginal infection

Progestin only pill

 

Unlike the combined pill, the progestin-only pill (sometimes called the mini-pill) only has one hormone, progestin, instead of both estrogen and progestin. It is prescribed by a doctor. It is taken at the same time each day. It may be a good option for women who can’t take estrogen. Typical use failure rate: 7%.1

Combined Oral Contraceptive

Also called “the pill,” combined oral contraceptives contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. It is prescribed by a doctor. A pill is taken at the same time each day. If you are older than 35 years and smoke, have a history of blood clots or breast cancer, your doctor may advise you not to take the pill. Typical use failure rate: 7%.1

"The pill releases hormones into the bloodstream to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs AND they thicken the cervical mucus, which stops the sperm from joining with the egg."

Call Lori for a confidential appointment
701-662-7046, press option "3"

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