Birth Control Generic Pills

by | Apr 28, 2022 | Women Health | 0 comments

Currently, three types of birth control pills are available. These are combined estrogen-progesterone, progesterone-only and the continuous or extended use pill. Birth control pills are the most recommended form of contraception in the US. According to data, approximately 25% of women aged 15 to 44 who currently use contraceptives reported using oral contraceptives as their method of choice. The most recommended pill is the combined hormonal pill with estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen controls menstrual bleeding, while progesterone is the hormone that prevents pregnancy. The primary use of a birth control pill is to prevent pregnancy.

How do Birth Control Pills work?

The progesterone component is primarily responsible for preventing pregnancy. The main mode of action is the prevention of ovulation; they inhibit follicular development and prevent ovulation.

Birth control pills or oral contraceptives combine synthetic versions of the naturally produced hormones estrogen and progesterone. They are effective against various hormone-related problems, and there’s even evidence they also provide other health benefits.

How effective is the Oral Contraceptive?

Yes, generic birth control pills are supposed to be equivalent to a trade name version, but can you trust generic oral contraceptives? On the one hand, you don’t put an extra burden on your pocket, and at the same time, you want to adhere to what’s tried and true. It is always best to get it prescribed by a doctor to play safe. Take the right dose, as with the wrong dosage; you might itch for more days.

What is a generic Birth Control Pill?

According to FDA (Food and drug administration), generics are copied versions of brand name drugs that have the same dose, intended use, adverse effects, route of administration, safety, risks, and strength of the original drug. However, a generic drug may be of different packaging or have inactive ingredients. Usually, generic birth control pills or other generic medications are often cheaper than branded pills. The variation in active and inactive components is not enough to impact the effectiveness of the pills.  

What about the difference in side effects between generic and branded medicines?

Generic drugs look different from their brand versions. A generic oral contraceptive will often have different packaging/colours or inactive components than the branded medicines. The slight variation in the active ingredient will not make a difference or affect pills’ effectiveness, but they can impact the side effect profile. Some women experience breakthrough bleeding, acne, mood swings, or other side effects when switching from their brand version to a generic new form of birth control pills. Studies suggest they simply feel off when they use different pills. What makes a difference is that there are now numerous different generics for the same formulations and some patients find that they are receiving a different branded drug each month.

The oral contraceptive offers a range of benefits besides preventing pregnancy. It is often effective in treating heavy menstrual cramps, bleeding, and premenopausal symptoms. Women who are highly sensitive to hormonal changes may find branded versions more effective than generic ones.  

It is quite important to note that the side effects can be a common problem for most users. Even without a change from a brand name to a generic version, the side effects of birth control pills may occur over time.

Is the Birth Control Pill safe for everyone?

The birth control pill should not be used by women with a history of the following conditions:

  • Endometrial cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Chest pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease
  • Increased blood clotting or stroke risk
  • Or if currently pregnant

The bottom line

Birth control pills are a popular and effective method that prevents pregnancy. These are hormone preparations that may contain a combination of hormones estrogen and progestin. Generic versions of birth control pills are similar to branded pills. However, it is always best to consult your doctor before buying an oral contraceptive.

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