Birth control pills are a contraceptive option to prevent pregnancy. According to the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN), birth control pills are among the top three most popular contraceptives in Indonesia, Mother. Birth control pills contain two hormones, namely estrogen and progestin, which function to inhibit the release of the egg (ovulation).
Given its function which prevents pregnancy, of course birth control pills have an effect on Mother’s body. However, what is often circulated in society is that birth control pills make you fat. This eventually becomes a factor in why some mothers choose other methods of contraception.
Talk about the effect of making fat, is that right? According to Traci C. Johnson, MD, this rarely happens. Often weight gain is a temporary side effect caused by fluid retention, not excess fat.
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The review of 44 studies showed no evidence that birth control pills cause weight gain in most women. And, as with other possible side effects of the pill, weight gain is generally minimal and goes away in 2 to 3 months.
“If you are one of the few women who have gained weight, talk to your doctor. They may suggest a different type of birth control pill. Why? Because all pills are not the same,” she wrote, quoted from WebMD.
Brands of birth control pills to prevent pregnancy
There are several brands of birth control pills sold in Indonesia. Some are sold freely, some require a prescription from a doctor. Here’s the list!
1. Mainstay birth control pills
Mainstay birth control pills contain Ethinylestradiol 0.03 mg (estrogen hormone) and 0.15 mg Levonorgestrel (progestin hormone) which are effective in preventing pregnancy.
Mainstay Kb Pills Tab works by preventing the meeting between sperm cells and egg cells. These pills make the vaginal fluid thick, making it difficult for sperm to pass through.
In one strip, there are also 7 white sugar-coated tablets that do not contain hormones. Follow the directions on the packaging to find out how to consume it. Price IDR 8,900 per strip.
2. Diane 35
Diane 35 contains a combination of two ingredients, cyproterone and ethinyl estradiol. Cyproterone belongs to a group of drugs known as antiandrogens.
Ethinyl estradiol belongs to the group of drugs known as estrogens. This drug works by regulating hormones. This medication is taken in 28-day cycles of 1 tablet daily for 21 days, followed by 7-day intervals without drug (i.e. 3 weeks on, 1 week off). Price IDR 213,500 per pack.
3. Andalan F.E
The Andalan FE birth control pill is an oral contraceptive method for active women that contains Levonorgestrel (progestin hormone) and Ethinylestradiol (estrogen hormone) which are effective in preventing pregnancy.
The difference with the usual Mainstay birth control pills, FE Mainstay Pills has 7 reminder tablets with iron content to meet iron needs. Follow the directions on the packaging to find out how to consume it. Price IDR 10,600 per strip.
Yasmin is a combination birth control pill. This birth control pill contains two hormones, estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone). Most women take Yasmin to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but this birth control pill is also prescribed for women who have problems with heavy, painful or irregular menstruation.
Yasmin birth control pills are available at pharmacies, but they are not sold freely but must be prescribed by a doctor, mother. The price for Yasmin birth control pills at pharmacies is approximately Rp. 264,000 per box.
Just like Yasmin, Neynna is a birth control pill that contains a combination of ethinylestradiol and cyproterone acetate. Both are forms of the synthetic hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Neynna can prevent ovulation and inhibit fertilization. Neynna is available in pharmacies, but is not sold freely but must be prescribed by a doctor. Follow the directions on the packaging to find out how to consume it. Price IDR 113,000 per strip.
Microgynon is a combined oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Microgynon contains a combination of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol.
This birth control pill works by suppressing gonadotropin hormones to inhibit ovulation and reduce the occurrence of thickening implantation in the endometrium.
Microgynon can also thicken the mucous fluid in the cervix which makes it difficult for sperm to move inside the ovary. Microgynon birth control pills are available at pharmacies, but they are not sold freely but must be prescribed by a doctor. Follow the directions on the packaging regarding its use. Price IDR 25,500 per strip.
Trinordiol birth control pills contain levonorgestrel. It is a hormone derived from progesterone which can help regulate female reproduction. The way birth control pills work suppresses the gonadotropin hormone so that it inhibits ovulation and reduces the occurrence of thickening implantation in the endometrium. There are four types of tablets with different colors. Each has a different content (see packaging). Price IDR 13,400 per strip.
8. Mainstay of Lactation
The Lactation Mainstay Pill is an oral contraceptive pill specifically for mothers who are breastfeeding. This birth control pill is suitable for breastfeeding mothers because it only contains low doses of Linestrenol (progestin hormone). Before consuming it, you should consult your doctor first, then follow the instructions on the package. Price IDR 14,400 per strip.
Microlut birth control pills are contraceptive drugs that contain levonorgasrel. The menstrual cycle continues normally because Microlut only contains levonogastrel (synthetic progesterone). In addition, Microlut is also safe for consumption by nursing mothers. Before consuming it, you should consult your doctor first, Mother. Then, follow the directions on the packaging regarding its use. Price IDR 34,000 – IDR 50,000 per box.
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The YAZ birth control pill is a combination pill. Yaz birth control pills contain a combination of two hormones, namely Drospirenone (progestin) and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen). Both Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol can help regulate female reproduction. YAZ birth control pills are not sold freely, but through a doctor’s prescription, Mother. Price IDR 362,000 per box.
How effective is using birth control pills as a contraceptive?
Quoting the official website of the BKKBN, this hormonal contraceptive or birth control pill has an effectiveness rate of up to 98 percent, as long as it is taken regularly and according to the rules. However, contraception is only an effort to plan a family, Mother.
“Of course none of these methods are 100 percent effective, they are all just prevention. So it’s best to practice sex as safely as possible.” —Gynecologist Dr. Nina Mansukhani.
Hopefully this information can help, Mother. What needs to be noted, before taking birth control pills it is better to consult a doctor first. Later the doctor will check Mother’s condition and provide the right contraceptive device.
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