Birth control pills are the most widely used and the most common method of birth control available to women, and even more important to sexually active younger women to avoid unintended teen pregnancies. While there are a wide range of options and pros and cons of different kinds of birth control pills to consider regarding the most recommended birth control pills, there are several options that are more popular than the others. Of course, the effects of each pill will vary from woman to woman, but here are some of the top choices of pills that are recommended:
The Most Recommended Birth Control Pills in the Form of Oral Contraceptives
Of the most recommended birth control pills, Ortho Tri-Cyclen pills come in a pack of 28, out of 21 are active and 7 are not, used in a 28-day cycle. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is a monophasic pill; that means it has the same amount of the hormones estrogen and progestin (artificial form of progesterone) in all 21 active pills in a pack. These pills have to be started on the Sunday following the end of your current period, and continue for 21 days before stopping or taking the remaining 7 placebo pills so that you can menstruate before starting on the next 28-day cycle. These pills have also been approved by the FDA for acne treatments.
This is an extended usage combination pill. It is an FDA-approved pill that are also monophasic – with equal amounts of estrogen and progestin every day. The difference with these pills is that they are used endlessly and cause menstruation in women only once a year. For women who experience intense cramping and pain (relief from menstrual pain) and heavy bleeding during their periods, this is the option to go for.
This is an emergency contraceptive pill. That means you have to use after having unprotected sex. If you are over the age of 18, you can get one over-the-counter anywhere, but if not, you have to have a prescription to get Plan B.
Plan B is said to be effective up to 5 days from having unprotected sex, but it is better to take it as soon as possible. It prevents ovulation and thus preventing pregnancy, and it comes in 2 doses. Take it as quickly as possible after unprotected sex to ensure its efficacy.
This is also a monophasic combination pill like Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and like Ortho Tri-Cyclen, this pill has also been approved by the FDA to treat acne in women. It contains a progestin called drospirenone, and it prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus and thinning the uterine lining. YAZ has also been known to be used to treat PMDD and PMS, treating symptoms such as anxiety, depression, lack of energy and more.
Combination pills are not prescribed to women that smoke (Risks of Smoking, CDC) and are over 35 years old. For them, this is the progestin-only pill that is recommended. These are also called mini-pills, and all the 28 mini-pills in a 28-day cycle are active. These pills can be as effective as combination pills if taken diligently and properly as instructed. You have to be perfect while taking this pill, in that mini-pills have to be taken at the same time each day and no single pill or day can be missed in the cycle.
This is a list of the most recommended birth control pills that can be used by women depending on their health conditions. There are also a host of other pill options that can be prescribed by doctors for different reasons which differ among women.
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