Contraceptive Pills FAQs
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Does Birth control pill affects sense of smell?
Yes, Birth control pills affect your sense of smell, which can ultimately impact who you’re
Can I skip my pills or can I have it at different times in a day?
No, 95% of pregnancies happen because of people being inconsistent with birth control, such as
not taking the pill at the same time every day.
Is contraceptive shot effective as pills?
Yes, you can take a contraceptive shot that lasts three months and is effective as the pill
and is over 99% effective.
Does a taking contraceptive pill make you gain weight?
It’s a myth that the pill makes you gain weight. A 2006 study found that pill users did gain
weight, but that there was no evidence to support that it was from birth control.
Does taking contraceptive pill for long is bad for you or can make you infertile?
It is myth that taking the pill for a long time is bad for you or will make you infertile. Women
have been using the FDA-approved pill since the 1960s and have been tested and surveyed, with no
signs of health problems caused by the pill.
Can you get protected from pregnancy up to five days after sex using emergency pills?
Yes, you can get protected from pregnancy up to five days after sex with Plan B or another
brand. However gets less effective every day.
Additionally won’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom when with a stranger is highly advisable
I'm on the pill. Does my guy still need to pull out when we don't use a condom?
Your pill should offer up enough protection and is approximately 99% effective when taken correctly.
However pulling out and add to your protection if it doesn’t compromise on his pleasure. In case you are
looking for additional protection use of condom is advisable as the same shall protect
against STI (sexually transmitted infections)
If I skip a pill accidentally, what should I do?
It depends on what kind of oral contraception you're on and how much time has passed. If you take
a combination estrogen-progestin pill (the most common pill) and less than 24 hours has passed,
just take the next pill as soon as you realize you missed your pill.
How important is it to take the pill at the same time every day?
Always take your pill at the same time each day however few hours won't change the effectiveness.
While you can miss a day and catch up while still being protected if you tend to forget to take your pill
without setting an alarm, you might want to stick to a stricter routine
Do antibiotics make pill less effective?
Only one antibiotic, Rifampin - is known to make the Pill less effective. Rifampin is used to
treat tuberculosis. Other antibiotics do not make the pill less effective.
Is it normal to miss my period when using pill?
Yes, it is common to miss a period every once in a while, or have a very light period that is
just a brown stain on your underwear. However if you have missed taking pills in between and you
have missed your period or have other symptom of pregnancy taking urine pregnancy test is advisable
Does Birth control pills caused some water pollution?
Yes, Ethinyl estradiol, found in the urine of women on birth control pills, has caused some
side effects in fish, including intersex fish that have difficulty reproducing.
What are healthy side effects of the contraceptive pill?
Contraceptive pill do have some healthy side effects, like lowering the risks for ovarian and
uterine cancer. Other benefits includes regulating your menstrual cycle, reducing the
risk for multiple sclerosis, lessening PMS symptoms, helping with female pattern baldness,
and even treating bulimia.
Is the male version of the birth control pill is on the way?
Yes it’s in development and has shown promising results in mice however process of blocking male
sperm is more complicated since as nearly 1,500 sperm cells are produced each second.
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