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What should you know about the mini-pill for birth control?

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It may be a good choice if you smoke or can’t use the combination pill because of the estrogen.

If you had estrogen-linked side effects even after switching to a low-dose pill, you may want to try the mini-pill. It’s a safe choice if you have high blood pressure or other conditions that can be aggravated by estrogen.

It’s also an option if you just gave birth or are breastfeeding. It won’t affect your milk supply or hurt your baby.

SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Pills.”

The Nemours Foundation: “Birth Control Pill.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs: “ Birth Control Fact Sheet.”

British National Health Service: “When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill?

National Women’s Health Resource Center: “Types of Pills.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Hormonal Contraception: General Information.”

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Female Contraception.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments.”

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy: “Pill Perfection: Choosing the Right Pill for You.”

The World Health Organization Reproductive Health Library: “Monophasic versus Multiphasic Oral Contraceptives.”

British National Health Services: “Will a Pregnancy Test Work if I'm on the Pill?”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Birth Control Pills - Progestin-Only Contraceptives.”

Healthy Women: "Type of Pills."

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Which birth control pill is right for me?”

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Risky business 2: Migraines, high blood pressure, and blood clots.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Pills.”

The Nemours Foundation: “Birth Control Pill.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs: “ Birth Control Fact Sheet.”

British National Health Service: “When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill?

National Women’s Health Resource Center: “Types of Pills.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Hormonal Contraception: General Information.”

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Female Contraception.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments.”

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy: “Pill Perfection: Choosing the Right Pill for You.”

The World Health Organization Reproductive Health Library: “Monophasic versus Multiphasic Oral Contraceptives.”

British National Health Services: “Will a Pregnancy Test Work if I'm on the Pill?”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Birth Control Pills - Progestin-Only Contraceptives.”

Healthy Women: "Type of Pills."

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Which birth control pill is right for me?”

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Risky business 2: Migraines, high blood pressure, and blood clots.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 04, 2017

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