Progestin-only pills are sometimes called mini-pills or POP.
These pills work by thickening the cervical mucus so that semen cannot reach the egg, and so fertilization cannot take place.
Progestin-only pills are good for women who cannot take estrogen, such as women who are over thirty-five and who smoke.
These pills work for women who are breastfeeding, because estrogen slows milk production. They can be taken immediately after delivering a baby.
The advantages of these mini-pills are that you will have a lighter period. Some women don’t get their periods at all while on these pills (which can be called amenorrhea). Lighter periods also mean fewer cramps and less PMS, as well as other side effects associated with menstruation.
Progestin-only pills must be taken at the same time every day, even more specifically than combination pills. They might be slightly less effective than combination pills.
Progestin-only pills can cause breakthrough bleeding, abdominal pains, or headaches. Some women experience heavier periods, though most experience lighter menstrual flow. These side effects are similar to those experienced from combination birth control.
Progestin can be synthesized in many ways, so there are varying formulations of progestin-only pills available.
Like all oral contraceptives, progestin-only pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections or diseases. You should always use a condom to prevent STIs.
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