Were you prescribed the mini pill by your gynecologist to prevent conception? If yes, then you must thank your stars, as these are one of the safest and most effective birth control pills in usage, now.
So does, it not make perfect sense to have some basic knowledge about your favorite mini pill, before you pop it in?
Discussed below are a few facts about the Mini Pill that you can be aware of to understand how it works on your body and its benefits.
Things You Need To Know About The Mini Pill
The Mini-pill, which is medically known as Progestogen-only pill (POP) or progestin-only pill, contains synthetically prepared progestins( hormones that mimic progesterone).
Though these pills are also popular as Progesterone-only pills, they do not contain progesterone, a hormone that plays a role in menstruation and pregnancy. The POP also does not contain Estrogen.
Success Rate of Mini Pill
If used perfectly, these pills show 99.5% of success rates, which is very good. However, on an average, as most users are not ideal in their habits of administration of this medicine, you can expect the success rates to go as high as 92 %.
Benefits of the Mini Pill
The Mini Pill, which is also known as the POP, has a number of advantages. Firstly, these pills can be consumed even if you are on antibiotics. However, you cannot have this pill while experiencing episodes of vomiting or diarrhea. Secondly, this medicine does not increase the risk of heart disease or Deep Vein Thrombosis in consumers.
Thirdly, one of the biggest advantages of the mini pill is that it can be used by breastfeeding mothers as this does not affect the quantity of milk they produce. Unlike other contraceptive pills, it does not contain estrogen, which reduces the amount of milk produced by lactating mothers.
Fourthly, it lessens the risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Next, it is found to cause milder complications than the combined Oral Contraceptive Pill. Further, the incidence of weight gain is found to be lesser by the usage of the mini pill, than in the case of the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill. Most importantly, this pill is not found to cause any breast cancer, till date.
Side Effects of the Mini Pill
The Mini-pill can cause menstrual irregularities with light bleeding in intervals. It may cause mood-swings. It may also cause a condition called mastalgia or tenderness in the breast. Heavy menstrual flow and/or abdominal cramps occur in some users.
How do Mini-Pills Work
Different doses of mini-pills inhibit your reproductive system from conceiving, in different ways. When administered in very low doses, these pills, prevent chances of your conception, by inhibiting ovulation, or thickening the cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for the incoming sperm to travel up the female birth canal to reach the ovum in a viable state.
Moderate does of the mini pill also have almost the same actions as the low dose of this pill, but with greater effect. However, high doses of the mini pill work by completely inhibiting ovulation and follicular development. Like the low and moderate doses the high doses also thicken the cervical mucus, to prevent the sperm from meeting the ovum in a viable state.