Types of Hormonal Birth Control

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Which type of HBC are you using?
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Did your doc even explain how it works? Most likely no…so let’s get our education on!
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Let’s start with that little pill you take every morning. It’s made of synthetic hormones ‘similar’ to those that occur naturally in your body. There are 2 different kinds of pills: combo & mini.
Combination pills
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They contain two types of SYNTHETIC hormones, ethyl-estradiol & progestin.
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They prevent pregnancy in 3 ways: suppress ovulation (no egg releases); thickening cervical mucus (harder for sperm to move); & thinning uterine lining (harder for an egg to attach)
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They vary by type of progestin & amount of synthetic estrogen (35-20ug)
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Different pills also have different amounts of hormone over the course of the month.
# -”Monophasic” pills have an even amount of hormone throughout the month
# -”triphasic pills” have varied hormone doses through the month, most commonly 3 doses.
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Combination pill names: Alesse, Apri, Aranelle, Aviane, Enpresse, Estrostep, Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, Levora, Loestrin, Mircette, Natazia, Nordette, Lo/Orval, Ortho-Novum, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin & Yaz. (Not quite as clever as nail polish names, but they get the birth control job done.) #
Ever heard of those pills that only give you fake periods 2-3 times per year? Those are Lybrel, Seasonique & Seasonale (generic names: Jolessa or Qualsense). Same shit, just less sugar pills.
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2. Mini-pills
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These contain only synthetic progestin.
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They prevent pregnancy by thickening cervical mucus & thinning the lining of the uterus. Some also suppress ovulation, but that’s not what they’re ‘supposed’ to do.
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The mini-pill was developed for women who are sensitive to estrogen.
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Mini-pill names: Camila, Errin, Jolivette, & Micronor.
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3. The shot, implant, hormonal IUDs
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These types of BC contain only progestin. Progestin is very similar to the hormone progesterone that our bodies make naturally – but not quite…(more on this later)
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Mirena works for 6 yrs. Kyleena 5 yrs. Liletta 4 yrs. Skyla for 3 yrs. Progestin works by thickening mucus and preventing ovulation.
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Love to hear what form you are/were on! Comment below!