June 13, 2017

The Pill

A pill (obviously) that is taken once a day, every day, at the same time of day. They can sometimes be called oral contraception, and there are a TON of different brands on the market with new ones coming out all the time. Most work by releasing hormones that prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus. There are two types of the pill: combination and progestin-only. The combination pill uses both estrogen and progestin in a monthly pill pack that contains three consecutive weeks hormone-based pills and one week of placebos that will bring your period. The progestin-only pill (a.k.a. the mini-pill) releases progestin only every day of the month and won’t bring your period during a set week.


  • 91% effective!
  • You must remember to take the pill every single day at the same time of day.
  • Doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant after you stop taking it.

How to Use It

The pill is super easy to use. Once your health care provider writes you a prescription, all you have to do is remember to take it every day and refill the prescription at the end of the month.

Side Effects



  • Easy to use—just swallow with water
  • Doesn’t interrupt the heat of the moment
  • Might give you lighter periods or no period at all
  • Gives you control over when you have your period
  • Some pills clear up acne
  • Can reduce menstrual cramps and PMS
  • Some pills offer protection against some nasty health problems, like endometrial and ovarian cancer, iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease


  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Sore breasts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in sex drive