Can You Trust in Birth Control Pills’ Effectiveness?

How effective is the birth control pill? An unexpected pregnancy can have life changing consequences. This is why so many people are searching Google for “birth control pills effectiveness.” Did you know that birth control pills’ effectiveness is largely dependent on how consistently you take the pill? Keep reading to learn more about the topic of birth control pills effectiveness. Then, for the best advice on birth control methods and to get birth control prescribed, make an appointment at our Coral Springs OBGYN practice!

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Birth Control Pills Effectiveness: It Depends

According to the Center for Disease Control, the birth control pill is 99.7% effective when used perfectly. Perfect use means remembering to take the pill every day, at the same time. Most women, however, will not use the pill perfectly. Life happens, and it is likely you will forget to take the pill at some point. With typical use, birth control pills effectiveness goes down to 91%.

The effectiveness of birth control pills can also be impacted by other medications you are using. Antibiotics, epilepsy drugs, HIV medication, and St. John’s Wort can all decrease the effectiveness of the pill. Also, if you are sick and vomit, you may not fully absorb the medicine of the pill, or even vomit up the pill before it has been digested.

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Get the Most Effective Birth Control

The most effective birth control is the type that best fits your goals and lifestyle. For example, female sterilization is almost 100% effective — but it is a permanent solution that cannot be reversed if you decide at some point you want to get pregnant. With birth control pills, on the other hand, you can get pregnant once you stop taking the pill. But the pill is only effective if you are able to remember to take it consistently. If you are a forgetful person or if you have an inconsistent schedule, a different form of birth control may be a better option for you.

Compared to birth control pills, the IUD’s effectiveness is similar — over 99%. This is a form of birth control that is reversible, and that you don’t need to remember to take. Once your doctor inserts an IUD, it lasts for 3 to 12 years.

To get the most effective birth control, make an appointment to speak with a gynecologist. The gynecologists at our practice — Dr. Lona Sasser and Dr. Mary Squire-De Leon — care about helping you find the type of birth control that will be most effective for you. That may be the pill, or a different form of birth control. At your appointment, you can discuss your needs, your lifestyle, and any questions or concerns you have about birth control. 

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Sources for This Article:

Can You Get Pregnant on the Pill? – Medical News Today

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