Feb 10, 2012
Progestogen-Only Pills or Progestin-Only Pills are oral contraceptive pills, commonly known as mini pills. Unlike regular birth control pills, mini pills contain only one hormone called Progestin or Progestogen and therefore, have a lower risk of side effects. The women over 35 or women who cannot take regular contraceptive pills colloquially use mini pills. These light contraceptive pills are taken for the full cycle of 28 days without any break.
How Mini Pills Work?
Mini pills perform three functions- first, like all other contraceptive pills it stops your ovary from releasing an egg. It changes the shape of the uterus making it unfavourable for implantation of the fertilised egg. After its use, the mucus between your uterus and your vagina thickens. Not letting the sperms reach to the egg.
Efficacy of Mini Pills
Mini pills are similar to combined oral contraceptive pills but their effectiveness depends on their regularity of consumption. Progestin- only pills must be taken for 28 days even on the days of your menstruation and on the same time every day. If there is any break in the routine of the pills, your chances of getting pregnant will increase.
Benefits of Mini Pills
Side effects of Mini Pills
Mini pills are contraceptive pills containing progestin but no estrogens. Mini pills are suitable for women who are breastfeeding, diabetic, who smoke or women who cannot take ordinary contraceptive pills for whatever reason. Mini pills prevent many serious health risks such as pelvic inflammatory diseases and ovarian and endometrial cancer. Do not take progestin-only pills without consulting your doctor.
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