Birth Control Pill

Birth Control Pill

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Caption: Oral contraceptive pills in their packaging. Contraceptive pills contain one or more of synthetic female sex hormones. Many types are a combination of an oestrogen, which blocks the process of ovulation (release of mature ovum - egg), and a progestogen, which acts on the pituitary gland to affect the normal menstrual cycle. Progestogens also increase viscosity of mucous in the cervix (neck of womb), providing a barrier to sperm should ovulation occur. Side-effects are numerous, including weight increase, nausea, depression, and a risk of thrombosis.

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Keywords: birth control, birth control treatment, contraception, contraceptive, contraceptive pill, daily pill, fingers, hands, medicine, oral contraceptive, pill, the pill

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