9 Best Birth Control Pills ...


9 Best Birth Control Pills ...
9 Best Birth Control Pills ...

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.

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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.


Ortho-Cyclen contains a fixed dose of norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol, making it a reliable choice for women who prefer a consistent hormone dose throughout their cycle. Users often experience lighter, more predictable periods, and a reduction in acne is another potential benefit. It’s important to remember that while effectiveness is high when taken as directed, the pills don’t protect against STIs. For comprehensive protection, always consider using condoms in tandem with your oral contraceptive. Notably, as with any birth control, consulting with a healthcare provider to assess suitability and discuss potential side effects is vital for your overall health.


Seasonale/Seasonique or Lybrel

These three are extended-use combination pills. 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!


Extended-use combination pills like Seasonale, Seasonique, and Lybrel offer differing schedules to reduce the frequency of menstrual periods. Seasonale provides a period once every three months, while Seasonique extends this slightly longer. With Lybrel, periods can be a thing of the past as it offers a continuous dosing schedule. Spotting can happen, as the body adjusts to this new routine. If managing periods is a hassle, consider discussing these options with your healthcare provider. The idea of fewer periods might just be the life-changing solution you're looking for.


Plan B

Plan B is the only birth control pill you can take AFTER you have had unprotected sex. It is available over-the-counter to anyone over the age of 18 (if you’re younger, you’ll need a prescription). It works by preventing ovulation, so you need to take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It comes in two doses, and contains a hormone called levonorgestrel. It’s effective up to five days after unprotected sex, but it’s more effective the sooner you take it.


Plan B, often referred to as the morning-after pill, is designed as a backup rather than a regular form of contraception. Its accessibility and convenience make it a vital option in times of need. However, it’s crucial to understand that while Plan B is safe for most women, it is not intended for routine use and should not replace consistent contraceptive methods. It's also worth noting that this emergency option does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Always consult with a healthcare professional about the best long-term birth control strategy to meet your needs and lifestyle.


Triphasel and Tri-Levlen

These are also combination pills, but they’re also tri-phasic, meaning that the hormone level changes every 7 days, increasing in dose every 7 days. The pills also darken in color as the hormone level increases. The tri-phasic Ortho brand pills are Orth-Novum 7/7/7 and Ortho-Tricyclen. I take the Ortho-TriCyclen because it also controls my acne.



Yaz has been in the news a lot because the makers claimed that this mono-phasic combination pill claimed it not only serves as birth control, but it also lessens the symptoms of PMS and PMDD. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) asked that Yaz make its TV commercials more clear, and they have, so you might have seen them on TV. If you suffer from severe PMS or PMDD, ask your doctor about Yaz.


Yaz has gained particular attention for its dual purpose. Bayer, the pharmaceutical company behind Yaz, marketed it as a solution for women battling with emotional and physical premenstrual symptoms. However, the company faced lawsuits alleging that advertisements were misleading and did not adequately disclose potential risks. Despite controversy, many users have reported positive experiences, particularly those affected by hormonal fluctuations during their menstrual cycle. As with all medications, it’s essential to discuss individual health history and potential side effects with a healthcare professional to determine if Yaz is an appropriate choice.



Mircette is another combination pill, like Ortho-Cyclen, but it contains two different doses of the hormones, which increase as your cycle progresses. It’s called bi-phasic pill because of the two doses. The pills are usually two different colors, with a pale color for the low dose, then a darker color for the higher dose. The bi-phasic Ortho brand pill is called Ortho-Novum 10/11 (ten days of the low dose, 11 days of the higher dose).


Bi-phasic pills like Mircette aim to mimic the body's natural hormone fluctuations more closely. Users typically start on a lower-dose hormone for the initial phase and then switch to a higher dose in the later phase, helping to minimize potential side effects. It's important to follow the specific instructions when taking this type of contraceptive, as the varying hormone levels are key to its effectiveness. Women who have experienced side effects with monophasic pills may find Mircette to be a more comfortable option, as the gradual increase in hormones can sometimes be easier to tolerate.


Micronon or Ovrette

What if you’re nursing, or can’t take birth control pills because you do smoke? Then you might want to try one of the mini-pills. The mini-pills don’t contain any estrogen, only progestin. All of the mini-pills in the 28-day cycle are active. Many women fear that the mini-pills aren’t as effective as the combination pills, but they can be, if taken correctly. The biggest stumbling block I’ve heard of is that the mini-pills MUST be taken at exactly the same time each day for them to work. And you absolutely can’t miss a pill! So you need to be perfect in taking your mini-pill.



Lybrel is the first FDA-approved combination birth control pill that eliminates your period for a full year. They're said to be best suited for ladies who experience heavy bleeding and painful periods. The way Lybrel differs from other birth control pills is that it provides a stable supply of ethynol estradiol and levonorgestrel that you take every day of the year without any pill-free or placebo intervals. Although this pill is FDA-approved, it's still controversial and there is the issue with breakthrough bleeding so there are some drawbacks but it's a huge help to those who have painful periods.



Seasonale is an extended cycle continuous birth control pill that decreases or stops withdrawal bleeding that occurs every 28 days due to a change in hormone dosage from birth control. In other words, with this pill you get a period or withdrawal bleeding every 4 months instead of monthly. It's really similar to traditional birth control pills except you take active pills for three months and the inactive pills a week after.

So many choices! There really is a pill for every woman. You might have found a pill on the list that sounds like exactly what you want, or it may seem like I’ve overwhelmed you. Before you make any decision, check with your doctor, since you’ll need a prescription for almost all of these anyway.

What pill do you take, and how do you like it? What did you try before the pill? Let me know! I’d love to compare stories!

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Hey everyone can someone please help me, i got the depo shot for the 1st time and it is making mybhair fall out alottt i wana start on the pills but not sure about wich ones to take im scared that they will make my hair fall out to can anyone tell wich ones have less hormones i guess and that want make my hait fall out

I agree with avoiding Yaz/Yazmin. This is my opinion, of course but I am saying this from experience. I was 20 years old when I got my gallbladder taken out after being on the pill for less than a year. I haven't had any problems before going on it and my doctor never suspected that there was something wrong with my gallbladder as I was young and healthy (5'6" 130 lbs). I was eating a good diet which is why it came as a shock to the doctor. When I was asked if I was on any pills or medication and said just Yaz, the doctor suggested that this could have been a cause leading me to need surgery. Of course everyone is different and pills will react different to each person. But just take caution before considering Yaz/Yazmin.

I'm about to start taking Yasmin for my acne, but I'm so scared about it lowering my sex drive- it's really my main concern

sarah - i have been taking birth control now on my third year ,i came off of it for one month and as i went back onto the same brand i have found that just within these couple months, i have been getting yeast infections and it is started to become very freqent in fact, i have taking canesten and went into natural ways of curing it but nothing seems to work, i believe it is the pill that is causing it. i am on avaine birth control and have always been . i want to find a birth control pill in which is either less hormonal , and does not cause bacteria .

Anybody heard of fermodette pill ?


The birth control pills can act as abortifacients. Women should be aware of that before taking them.

Do all pills lower hormone levels?

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