9 Best Birth Control Pills ...

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The very first birth control pill was introduced in 1960, and today, more than 60 millon women in the United States, and 100 million women around the world, use it.

I am one of them!

I donโ€™t just use it to regulate my period or prevent pregnancy.

I also use it to keep my skin clear.

Iโ€™ve tried a few different brands, but right now, I use Ortho TriCyclen.

All pills are not the same, and they donโ€™t work the same for all women, so make sure you and your doctor choose one thatโ€™s perfect for you!

Here are some choices, and how theyโ€™re different from each other.

Please note: if you smoke, you should not take birth control pills. Your doctor can talk to you about other risks, too.

1. Ortho Cyclen

Ortho-Cyclen is a mono-phasic combination pill, meaning that it contains a combination estrogen and progestin (a synthetic form of the progesterone), and that all 21 active pills in a pack contain the same amount of the hormones.

These Ortho pills contain pills for a 28-day cycle.

The 21 active pills are taken the Sunday when your period ends, and continue for three weeks, when you either stop taking the pills for a week, so you can menstruate, or take the placebo (fake) pills while you menstruate.

There is an entire set of Ortho pills, and Iโ€™ll tell you more about the others later in this list.

2. Seasonale/Seasonique or Lybrel

These three are extended-use combination pills.2

They cycle of pills is a lot longer: Seasonale has an 81-day cycle (you would have a period every 90 days), the Seasonique has an 84-day cycle (you would have a period about every four months), and the Lybrel has an endless cycle (you would eliminate your period).

I tried one of these and had a lot of spotting, and it seemed weird to me not to have a period, so I switched.

But to you, freedom from a monthly period may sound like heaven, so ask your doctor!

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