Mini-pills are used to prevent pregnancy. They release a regular dose of a hormone called progestin.
They are different from regular combination
birth control pills. Those contain progestin and another hormone called estrogen.
prevents pregnancy in a few ways. It thickens the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the uterus. It also thins the lining of the uterus. This makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
And progestin can sometimes stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
come in packs. Every pill in the pack
contains progestin. There are no spacer pills. You have
to take a pill every day at the same time to prevent
pregnancy. This means you take a pill even when you have your period.
In the first year of use:
Be sure to tell your doctor about any health problems
you have or medicines you take. He or she can help you choose the birth control
method that is right for you.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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