Mini Pill

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The mini pill contains only the hormone progestin and prevents pregnancy in the same way as the birth control pill.

Effectiveness
The mini pill prevents ovulation, thins the lining of the uterus and thickens the cervical mucous to block the sperm from entering. Your period will be irregular at first, but will often disappear after a while.

How to use it
You take a pill at the same time every day. Do not take a 7-day break. If you start taking the mini pill the first or second day of your period, you will be safe after the first pill. If you start outside of this time frame, you must wait until the eighth pill before you are protected from pregnancy. Use additional contraceptives during the first seven days.

Side effects
Mini-pills do not increase the risk of blood clots, and can, therefore, be used by those who cannot use contraceptives containing estrogen.

Uncomfortable but harmless side effects:

  • Bleeding disorders/irregular periods
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Pimples
  • Tender breasts
  • Decreased sex drive

Effectiveness
If used correctly, the mini pill is 97% effective against pregnancy.

Advantages

  • You can have unprotected sex without worrying about pregnancy
  • Protects from the first pill if you start the first or second day of your period
  • PMS, ovulation and period pains are reduced or alleviated
  • Some lose their period after a few months

Disadvantages

  • May cause side effects in the first few months
  • Does not protect against diseases
  • You won’t be able to regulate your period

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