About combination pills
There are many combination pills available in pharmacies today. Aside from birth control, combination pills are often prescribed to manage symptoms of dysmenorrhea, PCOS, and hormonal acne.
As an oral contraception, combination pills are just as effective as the mini pill. However, combination pills are slightly more forgiving when you miss a dose. This way, you may be less likely to get pregnant while taking a combined pill.
While the estrogen in the combination pill can ease heavy menstrual flows, cramping, and reduce the risk of certain cancers, increased estrogen can also have unwanted side effects.
Use of estrogen-containing pills may slightly increase your risk of breast cancer, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke. If you are breastfeeding, you cannot use combination pills as it can lessen milk production. Women over the age of 35 years and women who smoke cigarettes should not take combination birth control pills, as the risk for adverse effects increases.
We have discussed the mini pill vs combination pill effectiveness as birth control. Both are equally effective for preventing unwanted pregnancies. If you have trouble with heavy, painful periods or PCOS, using a combined pill may be beneficial. Discuss contraceptives and family planning with your doctor to determine which type of pill is best for you.
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