Chapter 7 Conception and Abortion

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The pill, the patch, and the ring y combination birth control pills (oral contraceptives)- birth control pills containing a combination of estrogen and progestin. When estrogen and progestin are removed, lining disintegrates and menstruation occurs y. Increase in vaginal discharge and susceptibility to vaginitis (alters chemical balance of lining) Increased susceptibility to chlamydia and gonorrhoea y y many symptoms will be reversed with switching brands (weight gain, appetite) y 20% experience increased irritability and depression- due to progesterone. Adv y close to 100% effect if used properly y does not interfere with intercourse y reduces menstrual flow, cramps y. Iron deficienty less likely to occur y clear up skin y protection against pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) and cancers. Disadv y cost y taking it daily at same time. Drug interaction y can interact with other drugs you are taking, making the pill less effective or making the drug more potent.

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