Family Planning

Family Planning (Birth Control Pills) in Saginaw, MI

If you’re sexually active and want to hold off on having kids, we recommend discussing your family planning options with our doctors near you. You may choose from a wide range of family planning alternatives, including birth control pills or oral contraceptives.

Birth control pills are taken orally once every day. Birth control pills work best if you take them consistently at the same time each day. When taken without fail, birth control pills have an effectiveness rate of 99 percent. Getting on the pill gives you the freedom to be intimate without worry.

If you’re interested in family planning or birth control pills in Saginaw, MI, get in touch with MI Health Clinic today. We’re committed to empowering all women to take control of their sexual and reproductive health by providing safe and personalized family planning solutions.

How Do Birth Control Pills Work?

Oral contraceptives contain synthetic hormones—progestin and estrogen—that prevent pregnancy.

Birth control pills prevent pregnancy through various actions. For example, some pills work by stopping or hindering ovulation. Others prevent conception by thickening the cervical mucus to stop sperm from accessing the uterus. Some pills also thin the endometrium or uterus lining to discourage the attachment of a fertilized egg.

You can choose from two types of pills—combination pills, which contain estrogen and progestin, and progestin-only pills or what is known as “the minipill.” Progestin-only pills are typically recommended for women who cannot take estrogen, e.g., women with a history of blood clots, breastfeeding women, and women aged older than 35.

What to Expect

Before prescribing a particular pill, our doctors ask about your menstrual symptoms, cardiovascular health, chronic health conditions, whether you’re breastfeeding, and if you’re on any other medications.

Based on an evaluation of these factors, our doctors recommend the best-suited birth control pill for you. Combination pills typically come in monthly packs of 21-day, 24-day, and 28-day cycles or extended regimens that last up to 91 days. Traditionally, you’re expected to take at least three weeks of active pills, followed by a week of hormone-free or inactive pills. During this week of inactive pills, you’ll likely be on your period. However, some oral contraceptive brands don’t provide hormone-free pills for a one-week period. Progestin-only pills are available in packs of 28.

Do you want to take charge of your sexual and reproductive health? When it comes to preventing unintended pregnancies, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance or luck. Contact MI Health Clinic today to speak to our doctors in Saginaw, MI, about birth control pills near you.

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