Are you using a combination hormonal contraceptive? Before you pop your pill in your mouth each day, insert your NuvaRing every month or change your patch each week, have you ever stopped to think how these methods work? All of these methods of contraception are super effective because they contain a synthetic estrogen.
Specifically, the ethinyl estradiol in hormonal birth control has been specially formulated over the years. Now, more than ever before, hormonal methods contain much lower an safer levels of ethinyl estradiol. What is pretty ironic is that the first birth control pill EVER didn't even contain this type of synthetic estrogen. Times have surely changed, and due to lower ethinyl estradiol levels, women everywhere can enjoy all the benefits (such as high effectiveness as well as non-contraceptive advantages) while not having to deal with as many unwanted side effects.
So, incase you are wondering what EXACTLY is this hormone that I am putting into my body:
And here may be some related information that may be interesting to you:
- 8 Types of Progestin Found in Combo Pills
- What If I Don't Like to Take Pills?
- How Hormonal Contraception Prevents Pregnancy
- Understanding Progestin in Combination Birth Control Pills
- Book Review: America + the Pill
Hormonal Contraception Photo © 2012 Dawn Stacey