Combined pill, here’s what it is.
Today, there are many contraception options: IUDs, implants, condoms, or the pill. The contraceptive pill is the preferred and most commonly prescribed method of contraception, probably because it holds many advantages as it:
- Prevents pregnancy
- Eases period pain
- Regulates periods
- Lightens periods
- Can treat acne
- Can treat the symptoms of Endometriosis
One common contraceptive pill is a combination pill, comprising of an oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and a progesterone (levonorgestrel). It is taken for 21 days, then stopped for 7, during which a light bleeding (resembling a period) occurs. It is very important to take the pill every day at the same time, to avoid risks of pregnancy. Many women choose to set up a reminder on their phone in order to be sure to take their pill at the exact same time every day. So why not use Medsmart® app to set up a reminder and to see when you last took it? It is also essential to tell your doctor you are taking a combined pill, as it may not be fully effective when taking some types of antibiotics. You can show your Medsmart® virtual medicine cabinet, which would summarize all your medications, including your combined pill!
Written by Julie Regamey.
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