Birth Control Comparison of Effectiveness

All Birth Control Pills are Not the Same

Choosing a birth control method is one of the most important decisions you can make, and today you have many options. Before making a decision, you need to know the facts about each option and talk with your healthcare professional about which method is right for you. The following provides information about the most popular form of reversible birth control in the United States -- "the Pill".

The birth control pill, which must be prescribed by a healthcare professional, is a small tablet taken orally for either 21 or 28 days. It releases synthetic hormones that enter the bloodstream, preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries. Every woman's cycle is different, and so are her needs for a birth control pill.

Birth Control Comparison - There are two types of birth control pills - combination pills and progestin-only pills. Combination pills contain two types of hormones - estrogen and progestin. Progestin-only pills contain only a progestin.

The Pill is available in varying doses and types of hormones. Generally, all combination pills have the same type of estrogen but have different types of progestin. You should talk to your healthcare professional about the type of progestin that is right for you.

Combination birth control pills contain two types of hormones, estrogen and progestin. Most of the currently available birth control pills contain the same estrogen, ethinyl estradiol, but differ in the type of progestin.

The progestin in some birth control pills may cause unpleasant effects such as fluid retention, breast swelling and tenderness and acne. However, not all progestins trigger these effects to the same degree, making it important for a woman to pay close attention to the type of progestin in her birth control pill. For example, norgestimate, a newer progestin contained in ORTHO TRI-CYCLENŽ (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) Tablets, may be less likely to cause unpleasant side effects among its users.


The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) conducts studies each year on the safety and the effectiveness of birth control methods. Aside from male sterilization, combined birth control pills, such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen are researched and proven to offer the LOWEST EXPECTED RATE OF PREGNANCY, being 0.1%. The following information comes directly from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) research website, so it is well-established information you can trust.

Whichever birth control method you choose, keep in mind that the most effective and appropriate methods can fail if you're not able to make a consistent, ongoing commitment to using them. Whether your regimen is something you'll take daily, like a pill, or use only as needed, like a diaphragm, its success depends on you. Make sure you fully understand how and when to use the method you have chosen.

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