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Combined oral contraceptives like Microgynon work by overriding your normal menstrual cycle. A woman’s normal menstrual cycle is characterized by changing levels of sex hormones. The hormones cause the release of an egg from the ovaries and prepare the lining of the womb for a possible pregnancy.
What is Microgynon?
Microgynon is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It is also referred to as a birth control pill or to simply put, “the pill.” Women take this birth control pill to prevent pregnancy when they’re engaging in sexual activities. The pill includes a combination of progestogen and estrogen, which is what stops women from getting pregnant. It is a 21-day pill, which means that women need to take a single pill every single day for 21 days. Then this is followed by 7 days where you won’t take any pills anymore.
What are birth control pills?
Birth control pills are a type of medicine that has hormones mixed into its composition. They come in a package with several pills inside, which you need to take for a few weeks. They’ve been proven to be affordable, safe and effective in preventing pregnancy. Not only does this prevent pregnancy for women but it also provides other health benefits as well, which are highlighted in the following:
- Birth control pills regulate menstrual cycles.
- Birth control pills lessen the pain of periods.
- Birth control pills reduce the risk of uterine cancer.
- Birth control pills reduce the risk of ovarian cysts.
- Birth control pills relieve symptoms of PMDD and PMS.
- Birth control pills manage endometriosis.
- Birth control pills help with menstrual migraines.
- Birth control pills reduce the risk of anemia.
However, there are also some risks in taking hormonal birth control, as it can increase certain risks for your body. For example, if you’re over 35 and a heavy smoker, then taking hormonal birth control can make you develop blood clots and even high blood pressure. Even if you’re not a smoker, the risk is still high. Other risks include psychosis and joint pain, which can cause a series of emotional and physical symptoms for you.
Additionally, birth control pills don’t protect you against sexually transmitted infections. The best protection against STIs is a condom or some type of protective barrier. Hormonal birth control can provide you with other health benefits and prevent pregnancy but it doesn’t protect you against the likes of Chlamydia and other STIs.
How does Microgynon work?
Microgynon works in a unique and interesting way. The pill has two active ingredients, which are referred to as levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. They are both synthetic versions of the progesterone and estrogen, which are the naturally occurring sex hormones found in females. Basically, when you take Microgynon, the active ingredients trigger a reaction out for your body by overriding the normal menstrual cycle.
Usually, the normal menstrual cycle is characterized by the changing levels of sex hormones. During the ovulation period, an egg is released from the ovaries and the hormones prepare the lining of the womb in case pregnancy occurs. However, if the egg that was released has not been fertilized, then what happens afterwards is the shedding of the womb lining and the falling of the hormone level. This is what causes the monthly period for women.
When a woman takes Microgynon every single day and absorbs the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, her body reacts by thinking that ovulation has already started. This prevents the egg from ripening and being released from the ovaries. Therefore, pregnancy cannot occur.
Other than preventing the egg from ripening, Microgynon also thickens the mucus located at the neck of the womb. This makes it harder for the sperm to enter the vagina and fertilize the egg found there. It also changes the quality of the womb lining, making it difficult for the egg to stay implanted there.
What are the benefits of using Microgynon?
Not only does Microgynon prevent a woman from getting pregnant but it also has other health benefits. This includes regulating menstrual cycles, reducing the risk of anemia and helping with menstrual migraines, among many things. Additionally, it is known as one of the most reliable methods of birth control and contraception. It can also be reversed when instructions of taking it have been correctly followed.
Unlike other forms of contraception, such as a condom or an IUD (intrauterine device), the birth control pill doesn’t interrupt with the quality of your sexual activity. However, it doesn’t protect you from STIs, which is why you should still use a condom. At the end of the day, Microgynon is effective in preventing women from getting pregnant, helping with premenstrual symptoms and ensuring that menstrual pains are manageable.
What are the side-effects of using Microgynon?
Certain side-effects have also been reported by those taking Microgynon. However, most of these are mild and will fade away with enough time. Not everybody taking Microgynon experiences the same side-effects, which can be found in the following:
- Feeling nauseous
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Low moods
- Breast pains
Some uncommon side-effects have also been reported. A lower number of people have reported experiencing them but this is still something that should be looked out for:
- Upset stomach
- Swelling in the legs
- Loss of interest in sex
- Breast enlargement
- Skin rashes
Lastly, here are the rare side-effects that have been observed in those taking Microgynon:
- Weight loss
- Uncomfortable in wearing contact lenses
- Discharge from the vagina or the breasts
- More interest in sex
How do you use Microgynon?
As a monophasic pill, each tablet of Microgynon has the same dose of hormones, which means that you need to take one every single day for the desired effect. For the next 21 days, you need to consistently take one and then follow through with a seven-day break. What happens on the seven-day break is that the hormone levels in your body will drop significantly, which will cause you to experience bleeding that is just like a monthly menstrual period. Afterwards, even if you’re still showing some signs of bleeding, you need to start with the next pack.
For people who are starting with the birth control pills, it’s ideal that they start on the first day of their menstrual cycle as this will prevent you from getting pregnant immediately. You can also use the pills even if you’ve just given birth, provided that you aren’t breastfeeding. On the 21st day after giving birth, you can start taking the pill again. But it’s best to always consult with a doctor about what to do.
Microgynon should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food. To help you remember to take it for the next 21 days, you should take the pills at the same time every day. Moreover, the pills come in a calendar pack, complete with markings of the days of the week. This helps you remember to take them.
Where can you purchase Microgynon?
You will need a prescription before you can purchase birth control pills. They are available in local pharmacies and even online. However, some virtual pharmacies require a prescription as well so you will need to book an online consultation first.
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