You wanted to know what side effects are associated with the mini pill,
or one that has progestin only.
When someone thinks of birth control pills, they may generally think of birth control pills that
you take when you’re not breastfeeding, and these have 2 different hormones in them.
But the mini pill only has 1, and it’s progestin, and this works in harmony with the hormones
that a woman’s body produces while nursing to prevent ovulation from happening.
The mini pill doesn’t cause headaches and it also doesn’t contribute to weight-gain,
which is a really good thing after having a baby, because you’re trying to lose the weight.
Users of the mini pill are slightly more likely to have ovarian cysts,
acne breakouts are more common while using it, and the most
common side effect is unscheduled vaginal bleeding and spotting.
This, by far, is the most common side effect and the reason
why most women end up discontinuing its use.
Some women actually experience shorter cycles or shorter periods in between times when they’re
having periods and the periods may be longer, and it’s normal also to have breakthrough
bleeding or bleeding between periods, and so if you’re experiencing this, talk with
your doctor and they can help you determine if the birth control is the likely underlying
cause, and if so, if another type of birth control would be better for your circumstances.
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