If you’re considering taking oral contraceptives for birth control, you’re not alone. According to Montgomery County’s OB-GYN Dr. Rania Ibrahim, birth control pills are some of the most popular, effective and easy-to-use contraceptives. But with the variety of options available, choosing the best one can be a daunting task.
What are your options for oral contraceptives?
There are two main kinds of oral contraceptives — combination pills -which contain estrogen and progestin – and the mini-pill, which only contains progestin.
Combination oral contraceptives are available in various combinations of active and inactive pills, and the choice depends on how frequently the patient wants to experience a menstrual cycle.
- Conventional packs typically contain 24 active pills and four inactive pills or 21 active pills and seven inactive pills. Menstrual bleeding will occur when you take the inactive pills.
- Continuous dosing or extended cycle packs usually include 84 active pills and seven inactive pills. Bleeding typically occurs only four times a year when you take the inactive pills.
The mini-pill doesn’t offer as many choices – there’s only one mixture and formulation, and each pill in the pack is active.
How do oral contraceptives work?
Combination pills suppress ovulation and keep your ovaries from discharging an egg. These pills also thicken the cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus to stop the sperm from joining the egg.
The mini-pill also thickens cervical mucus and thins the endometrium — preventing sperm from reaching the egg and sometimes represses ovulation. But unlike the combination pills, the mini-pill doesn’t contain estrogen and the progestin dose is also lower than the progestin dose.
Not all oral contraceptives are right for everyone. Your OB-GYN will discuss your medical history and any medications you take with you to determine which oral contraceptive is best for you.
If you are interested in learning more about your birth control options, and need a caring and experienced OB-GYN then rely on the professional and caring staff at New Beginnings OB-GYN under the direction of Dr. Rania Ibrahim in Conroe, TX.
Don’t wait – call us today at (936) 441-8635 to schedule your confidential consultation.
Are you looking for an ObGyn in Spring TX?
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a Medical Practice located in Montgomery County, serving patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia, Texas. New Beginnings Ob/Gyn offers many services including Prenatal care, treatment of hot flashes and menopause symptoms, treatment of endometriosis and painful periods, uterine ablation, routine well women exams, infertility treatment, as well as treatments of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
You can work together from the initial consultation to the implementation of your own personal birth plan, and follow-up. Dr. Rania Ibrahim has enormous experience in high risk obstetrics. She is a skilled surgeon and has an excellent and caring team.
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is sympathetic to the needs of women. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery and performs robotic (DaVinci) assisted myomectomies and hysterectomies.
New Beginnings OB-GYN proudly serves the residents of Montgomery County, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Magnolia, Texas.
Note: Hospital deliveries and procedures are conveniently offered at Conroe Regional Medical Center, CHI-St Luke’s-The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann Medical Center-The Woodlands