Do you still have periods when on the mini pill?
Typically, women taking the combined contraceptive pill will have lighter, less painful and less irregular periods. Women who take the mini-pill may have no periods at all, or they may experience some irregular bleeding (also known as 'spotting') while taking this type of pill.
Side effects of the minipill might include:
- Irregular menstrual bleeding.
- Breast tenderness.
- Decreased sex drive (libido)
- Ovarian cysts.
- The mini-pill can be taken if you smoke or have high blood pressure, though all women should consider not smoking when using hormonal birth control.
- Cerazette tablets contain the active ingredient desogestrel, which is a synthetic progestogen, similar to the natural progestogens produced by the body. Desogestrel works as a contraceptive primarily by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation).
- Yasmin, not to be confused with Yaz, is a low-dose pill approved for use in the U.S. in 2001. Known as a “combination oral contraceptive” because it contains both progestin and estrogen, Yasmin prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, just like other birth control pills.
Progestin-only birth control pills, sometimes called “mini-pills,” have several effects in the body that help prevent pregnancy: The mucus in the cervix thickens, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and fertilize an egg. They stop ovulation, but they do not do so consistently.
- Changing progesterone levels can contribute to abnormal menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms. Progesterone is also necessary for implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus and for maintaining pregnancy. Lab-made progesterone is used to imitate the functions of the progesterone released by the ovaries.
- Unlike combination birth control pills, each minipill contains hormones and you need to take one every single day without a break. You may not get your period when you're taking the minipill or you may have irregular bleeding or spotting, but you still take a pill every day, whether you're bleeding or not.
- Progesterone helps your uterus (womb) grow during pregnancy and keeps it from having contractions. There are two kinds of progesterone treatment: Vaginal progesterone may help reduce your risk for premature birth if you have a short cervix and are pregnant with just one baby.
Updated: 2nd October 2019