The uncertainty of a period can be quite distressing for a woman. Not knowing when the next bout of menstrual cramps will occur or suddenly having the period on the day of an important meeting can make any woman feel annoyed and helpless. Thankfully, combined birth control pills, which contain oestrogen and progestin have been well-researched and documented to help regulate periods. More than 5% of all women who take birth control pills use it to get a more regular period cycle.
Why do so many women who have irregular cycles rely on birth control pills to regulate periods?
The ease of use and effectiveness of the birth control pills make them helpful for women with irregular period. A birth control pill packet contains two types of pills- active and inactive. While the active tablets contain hormones, the inactive pills are sugar pills. The woman takes the active pill for 21 days, at the same time each day. She can either take no pills or take the inactive pills for the next week. The period may start on any of these inactive pill days.
These pills to regulate period also come in different duration cycles such as 24 days of active pills followed by four days of inactive pills. Here, the woman must take more active pills. Some active pills can be taken for even a whole year to stop the period, while some options contain active pills for about three months, which means they can choose to get their period only four times a year.
What is the use of the inactive pills?
The inactive pills help the woman to keep track of the active and inactive days. Since she needs to take the active pills at the same time every day for it to be the most effective, the sugar pills can be taken to maintain the habit and routine of pill-taking. Taking or not taking the sugar pills have no bearing on the cycle.
Is it a “real” period?
The bleeding most woman experience is called ‘withdrawal bleeding’. It is not the same as regular menstrual bleeding, but it serves the same purpose- giving the woman control over the period. The drop in the hormones during the inactive pill week causes the uterus lining to shed, causing the release of blood and mucus.
Before taking birth control pills, women must consult a trusted doctor. The doctor based on the individual medical history may provide you with the best possible course for taking the pills.
This significant amount of research into women’s well-being has greatly empowered them to achieve more, lead happier lives, and make informed choices for their bodies.