Oral Birth Control in Cincinnati, OH
Women can count on sensitive, compassionate and skilled care at Crescent Women’s Medical Group, as we serve the needs of women in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio. Our board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel are specifically trained in oral birth control and are the ideal practitioners for you to turn to when you need oral birth control.
What is Oral Birth Control?
Oral birth control, which is another name for oral contraceptive pills, often referred to as the birth control pill or as “the pill” are a birth control method that includes a combination of an estrogen (estradiol) and a progestogen (progestin), in addition to other variants. When taken by mouth every day, oral birth control controls pregnancy by inhibiting female fertility. They are a very widespread and popular form of birth control. Currently, oral birth control is used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the United States. The different brands of oral birth control vary in their dosage, which hormones are used, and the length of the cycle. Most oral birth control pills have a very low dose of hormones and few side effects. A small amount of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones works to inhibit a woman’s natural cyclical hormones to prevent pregnancy by a combination of factors. The hormonal contraceptive usually stops the body from ovulating in addition to changing the cervical mucus to make it difficult for the sperm to go through the cervix and find an egg. Hormonal contraceptives can also prevent pregnancy by changing the lining of the womb so it’s unlikely the fertilized egg will be implanted.
Benefits of Oral Birth Control
If your oral birth control is taken consistently on a daily basis, it prevents pregnancy 99% of the time. Unfortunately, if a woman forgets to take the pill, the chance of pregnancy goes up. On average, with normal adherence to the schedule of taking the pill at the same time every day, the effectiveness rate is about 92%. In addition to helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies, women who take oral birth control generally have lighter periods with less cramping, and there is also a lower incidence of cancer of the uterus in women who take the pill. Breakthrough bleeding and spotting sometimes can occur, but it is less likely the more regularly you take your pill on time every day.
Who is a Candidate for Oral Birth Control?
Schedule your consultation now with Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel at Crescent Women’s Medical Group to learn more about whether or not you are a candidate for oral birth control. There are a variety of different choices, including progestin-only pills (called the mini-pill) and the combined contraceptives which contain both estrogen and progesterone. The exact dose of estrogen that’s right for you – or whether or not you should take the progestin-only pill, can depend on your medical history, including if you have a history of blood clots or have high blood pressure. Within the family of estrogen-containing pills, there are two main types, namely monophasic and triphasic, which relate to levels of hormones induced during the phase, although both types are equally effective for pregnancy prevention.
When are Oral Birth Control Pills Taken?
Oral birth control pills are taken orally once a day, and most packages contain 21 active hormone pills for three weeks and then one week of “sugar” pills when your period occurs. To achieve full effectiveness, it is essential that you take your pill at the same time of the day, every day, to be fully effective, and if you miss a pill or take a pill later than you were supposed to, a backup form of birth control should be used. The sugar pills serve no purpose other than to remind you to keep taking your pill every day. Different brands of pills and hormone dosages control how many days your period will last, and how many days of active pills you will take.
If you are a resident of Cincinnati, Blue Ash or the surrounding communities of Ohio and would like to learn more about oral birth control, please contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment to discover how oral birth control can help you.