Birth control pills help keep you from getting pregnant. Combination birth control pills contain both estrogen and progestin. Some combination birth control pills let you have fewer periods each year. These are called continuous or extended-cycle pills.
Birth control pills come in packages. You take pills from a 21-pack once a day for 3 weeks, then you do not take pills for 1 week. It may be easier to remember to take 1 pill every day, so other pills come in a 28-pack of pills, with some having active pills (containing hormones) and some with no hormones.
There are 5 types of combination birth control pills. Your health care provider will help you choose the one right for you.
If you miss a pill, or more than one pill, use a backup method of birth control and call your health care provider right away. What to do depends on what type of pill you are taking, where you are in your cycle, and how many pills you missed. Your health care provider will help you get back on schedule.
You may decide to stop taking birth control pills because you want to get pregnant or change to another birth control method. Here are some things to expect when you stop taking the pill:
Use a backup method of birth control, such as condom, diaphragm, or sponge if:
Call your doctor if:·
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Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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