Want to take the pill but don’t know which one to choose? Watch this video to find out more.

Oral contraceptive pills are one of the most important and reliable methods of contraception. They contain hormones and work by suppressing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). 

Contraceptive pills classified depending on their composition. In India there are two types of pills available. Broadly classified into two types:

Combined Pills: Contains a combination of estrogen and progestin. These are the synthetic form of the same hormones present in the female body. These pills are also useful in reducing the intensity of menstrual discomfort.

Another type of pill available is the Mini Pill.

They contains only progesterone, they are milder in action and have lesser side effects. The down side to this pill is that it has to be taken at the same time everyday or it won’t work.

 Is this method foolproof?

If used correctly and consistently, the pill is projected to be about 99.7 to 99.9 % effective in preventing pregnancy. The failure rate of hormonal methods of contraception, including the pill is usually lower than non-hormonal methods such as condoms and Intrauterine devices.

Oral contraception is, today, the most widely used method of birth control. Although you may be tempted to try this method do make sure that you consult your physician.

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