Progesterone Pill Advantages
The advantages of taking the POP instead of the combined contraceptive pill are as follows:
No seven-day break - easier to remember to take your pill, you have to do it every day.
Can be used when breast feeding - this form of contraception is safe for breast feeding mothers. The oestrogen in the combined contraceptive pill, on the other hand, can reduce a woman's milk supply.
Not affected by antibiotics - unlike the combined contraceptive pill, the progesterone only pill protects you against pregnancy even when you are taking antibiotics.
No increased risk of blood clots or cardiovascular disease - a birth control pill containing oestrogen brings with it an increased chance of suffering from blood clots, stroke or heart problems - the POP is not associated with these risks.
Can be used by ‘older' women and smokers - whereas women who are over the age of 35, or who smoke, are often recommended not to take a pill containing oestrogen, the POP is safe for these women to use.
May suspend periods altogether - some women on the POP don't bleed for months at a time - you may find this a little disconcerting. If you have not had any bleeding and you are concerned about pregnancy, speak to your doctor.
Irregular menstruation - many women find that their periods are little unpredictable during the first months of taking the POP. This includes spotting in between periods, missing periods altogether, heavy or irregular periods.
Side effects - just like the combined contraceptive pill, the progesterone only pill may have certain side effects, such as: spots or skin problems, sore breasts, bigger breasts, changes in your sex drive, depression, headaches, nausea, vomiting, ovarian cysts and weight gain.
The progesterone only pill is not suitable for all women. If you have suffered from any of the following medical problems, you may not be a good candidate for the POP: problems with your heart or liver, cancer, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, unexplained vaginal bleeding.
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