Birth control pills are one of the most used contraception methods by women. They are meant to protect women from getting pregnant if they wish to avoid that. The pill does protect against unwanted pregnancy but it doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases. There are so many types of STD’s, it’s scary.
Birth control pills maintain the levels of hormones, estrogen and progesterone in our body in order to prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg for fertilization. Naturally, if no hormones are administrated estrogen levels in our body begin to rise at the beginning of each period, thus preparing the uterus for receiving a fertilized egg.
After ovulation, which is the period when the egg is released by the ovary, the other hormone, progesterone begins to rise. If the egg is not fertilized both levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, making the egg and the coating of the uterus to be eliminated through a process called menstruation, a process in which blood is released from the vagina. If the levels of hormones will not be able to signal the release of the egg, fertilization will not be possible.
Birth control pills should be prescribed by a medical doctor. They are actually beneficial for girls who have or have not yet started their sexual life yet, but suffer from acne or have a hormonal imbalances which may cause periods to come chaotically. Birth control pills can balance the hormone levels and help clear the skin.
These pills need to be taken in the first day of the menstrual cycle, and continued for the next 21 days. For the next 7 days no pills will be taken, and the period should start after 2 or 3 days after the pills have ended. After the 7 days of pause, you will continue by taking your pills as regularly. Some pills have some additional 7 pills which don’t contain any hormones so women won’t forget when to start the next blister of the pill.
You can go on the pill even if you haven’t started your sexual life yet. It is a good idea to consult a gynecologist before you decide to go on the pill, so they can recommend the best ones for you. Keep in mind that they are medications and some side effects may occur. Ask about the side effects and risks of birth control pills. The pills protect you only from unwanted pregnancy but not from anything else so always use a condom for protection against STD’s.