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What are the different types of birth control pills?

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There are two types of birth control pills:

Most birth control pills use the same type of estrogen in various doses, but each brand of pill may offer a slightly different type of the hormone progestin, at different doses. The result? Potentially different side effects.

Whichever one you try, give it at least 3 months for any side effects to pass.

  • Combination pills, which contain estrogen and progestin
  • Progestin-only pills.

SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: "History & Successes;”  “Birth Control Q&A;” and “Birth Control Pill.”

4Parents.gov: "Birth Control Chart."

MedicineNet: “Birth Control Myths” and “Oral Contraceptives, Birth Control Pills.”

University of Cincinnati: “UC HEALTH LINE: Oral Contraceptive Myths.”

Mayo Clinic: “Edema: Causes” and “Birth Control Pill FAQ: Benefits, Risks and Choices.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2017

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SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: "History & Successes;”  “Birth Control Q&A;” and “Birth Control Pill.”

4Parents.gov: "Birth Control Chart."

MedicineNet: “Birth Control Myths” and “Oral Contraceptives, Birth Control Pills.”

University of Cincinnati: “UC HEALTH LINE: Oral Contraceptive Myths.”

Mayo Clinic: “Edema: Causes” and “Birth Control Pill FAQ: Benefits, Risks and Choices.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 23, 2017

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