Birth Control Tips : How to Switch to a Different Kind of Birth Control Pill

Posted on Jun 13 2013 - 1:54pm by momdailytips
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Switching to a different kind of birth control can decrease the effectiveness of the contraception if it is not done carefully. tips and advice from mom daily tips

Many women today use birth control pills as their primary method of preventing pregnancy, but switching between different birth control pills presents many problems for many women. Many different birth control pills have different ingredients and different levels of hormones which can all produce varying side effects and other maladies. When switching between different birth control pills, there are different procedures that you can follow to avoid many common birth control pill switching problems.

You should always give your body sufficient time to adjust to the new birth control pills before deciding that they are not right for you. Many weird and unusual symptoms occur when a woman starts a new set of birth control pills due to the changes in the hormones of each pill. The body has to take a while to adjust to these “extra” hormones which may cause side effects such as heavy or light flow, headaches and bloating. If these symptoms occur after a period of 6-8 weeks has elapsed, then they should be avoided and a different set of birth control pills used.

When switching between birth control pills, the changes in the hormones could cause adverse reactions in your body which cause the pill not to function as effectively as it should. In most cases, sexually active women should ensure that they use an additional form of contraception for 2 weeks after switching between birth control pills to avoid becoming pregnant.

Most birth control pills generally function on a cycle consisting of 21 days and then a pill free week before another 21 day cycle is started. To ensure that your body is ready to move to a new type of pill, studies have proven that a placebo or sugar pill can be taken during this inactive period to help your body adjust to the new set of pills.

A very critical error that many women make when taking birth control pills is switching to another pill during the cycle of one pill. This is throw your entire hormonal system out of order and is very unhealthy. When switching between birth control pills, the 21 day cycle of the original pill must be finished before moving to the new pills. Not waiting for the cycle to end can result in nausea, headaches, irregular flows and decreased effectiveness of the pill.

When switching between birth control pills, it is advisable to see a gynecologist or health care professional who can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each pill and help to advise you which one best suits your needs.

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