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  • Ayaw Pa Munang Magkaanak? What Pinay Moms Think of Birth Control Pills

    Most moms on our Smart Parenting Village choose this type of birth control.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Ayaw Pa Munang Magkaanak? What Pinay Moms Think of Birth Control Pills
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  • Among all the contraceptive methods, taking “The Pill” or birth control pills is one of the more popular choices of moms. But while it is easily available in pharmacies, you must consult with an OB-GYN first or go to the nearest health center to find a brand or even another type of contraceptive that suits your needs.

    “When we counsel for contraception, doctors will never insist on a particular birth control method,” says Dr. Jennifer Co, an ob-gyn and infectious disease specialist who holds clinic at the FEU-NRMF Medical Center. “We lay down the different forms of contraception, from natural to artificial, then discuss the pros and cons and then let the patient decide. On a case-to-case basis, especially when it might interfere with the patient’s health, we suggest a method that might work for them.”

    To help you give an idea on whether birth control pills are the right kind of contraceptive for you, we asked moms from our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village, to share their experiences using birth control pills.

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    What are birth control pills?

    These contain synthetic hormones that individuals take every day to prevent pregnancy. It works by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg; thinning your uterus lining so that even if an egg is fertilized, it cannot be become implanted; and by thickening the cervical mucus so that sperm is blocked from reaching an egg and fertilizing it.

    There are two kinds of birth control pills: combination pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin, while mini-pills contain only the hormone progestin (also called “progestin-only pills”).

    When taken correctly, the pill can be 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy. Take note, however, that it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV and AIDS.

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    Are birth control pills used only for delaying pregnancy?

    Apart from preventing pregnancy, contraceptive pills can also help regulate menstruation for those who have irregular periods, ease menstrual pain, and treat conditions like acne, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.

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    Are birth control pills safe for breastfeeding moms?

    Many breastfeeding moms also opt for this type of birth control but keeping in mind to take progestin-only pills. According to the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, small amounts of progestogen may pass into your breast milk, but this isn’t harmful to your baby. It also won’t affect your milk supply.

    Where to get birth control pills

    You can only buy birth control pills in pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription. It is advisable to always consult your ob-gyn before taking birth control pills as the side effects vary for each individual.

    Cost of birth control pills

    The price of birth control pills varies according to brand and can range anywhere between Php46 to Php900.

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    What Pinay moms think of birth control pills

    Many of our moms in the Village prefer using this type of contraceptive. “It’s cheap and the process is simple, just pop a tablet every day.” shares one mom who’d like to stay anonymous. It can also be bought easily from pharmacies.

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    Some moms also use it to manage hormonal disorders like PCOS and appreciate the “good” side effect it brings. “It made my skin lighter, smoother, and more blooming,” shares another mom.

    The effects of birth control pills are different for every individual, but if you find one where you are “hiyang,” you will see positive effects. Mom Christiana Singcuenco who used Daphne for a year and six months, experienced irregular menstruation, weight gain, and severe headache. When she switched to Cybell pills she says, “hindi na ako tinitigyawat or nag-gain ng weight at regular na ang menstruation ko.”

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    Mom Guia Ong relies on hormonal pills for her PCOS and hypothyroidism. “Prior to me being prescribed pills, I would bleed for two weeks straight or up to a month or more. No my period is regular and I no longer bleed that long,” she shares. “No more breakouts and less na rin ‘yung pagiging sensitive and emotional ko.”

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    Other moms in our Village still chose to take the pill despite the side effects. The most common complaint is experiencing headaches and dizziness, while other moms experienced weight gain, hot flushes, mood swings, sleepiness, and exhaustion. One mom even shared that her sex drive dropped after taking pills.

    Birth control pills are effective in delaying pregnancy, but should you choose to take this type of contraceptive, mom Paui Yaptangco shares that you should not forget the most important thing: Take it every day at the same time. “I set an alarm every night para hindi ko makalimutan [uminom]. ‘Yun naman ang importante kahit anong brand pa ng pills ang gamit — we should take it at the same time every day. Otherwise, the effectiveness will not be 100%,” she shares.

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