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Adopt the next generation of contraceptive pills

In a few words

“Contraception” refers to various methods of preventing an unwanted pregnancy. The leading contraceptive method, the pill, was introduced in France in 1967. It represented true freedom for women.

There are also barrier contraception methods, such as condoms, that prevent sperm from entering the uterus. This prevents pregnancy and also protects against STDs. Hormonal contraceptive methods prevent ovulation, nidation or cervical mucus by chemically reproducing a woman’s hormonal cycle. Non-hormonal methods, such as the copper intrauterine device (IUD) has a mechanical action. They create an inflammation of the endometrium which prevents the egg from becoming etalished in the womb.

The different methods of contraception

Condoms

The only method that protects against STDs

The pill

Leading method of contraception

Vaginal ring

Monthly method

Implant

Renewed every 3 years

IUD

Renewed every 5 years

Patch

Weekly method

Diaphragme

Before every act of intercourse

Spermicide

Before every act of intercourse

The 28-days pill

The first pill appeared in 1987 and took the form of a pack containing 21 pills to be taken once daily at the same time, with one week’s break before beginning a new pack.

In the 2000s, spearheaded by Laboratoires Majorelle, a new pill format was developed: a continuous 28-day pack. The pill pack contained 28 pills: 21 with hormones and 7 placebos. This next generation of pills was quickly adopted by women because it was so easy to use. They could take a pill every day without interruption. This continuity of use reduced the likelihood of forgetting a pill by 30% and thus reduced the risk of unwanted pregnancies.

FAQs

What are the tips for remembering to take my pill?

Pills that come in a pack of 28 help establish the habit of taking a pill every day without interruption and beginning each new pack without accidentally starting on the wrong day. The continuous 28-day system thus helps prevent the risk of forgetting to take a pill.

There are additional ways to avoid forgetting to take your pill, such as setting up a reminder on your phone or associating taking the pill with something else that you do every day (removing makeup, brushing your teeth, etc.).

Does the pill protect against STDs?

The contraceptive pill is indicated strictly for the purpose of preventing an unwanted pregnancy. The pill does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Only condoms can protect against these infections. It is essential to also use condoms if there is any risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

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