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 don’t just use it to regulate my period or prevent pregnancy. I also use it to keep my skin clear. I’ve tried a few different brands, but right now, I use Ortho TriCyclen. All pills are not the same, and they don’t work the same for all women, so make sure you and your doctor choose one that’s perfect for you! Here are some choices, and how they’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 I’ll tell you more about the others later in this list.