What are the disadvantages/ side effects of the mini pill?
Overall, the mini pill is less effective than the combined oral contraceptives in protecting against pregnancy. The combined birth control pill is approximately 99% effective, while the mini pill is approximately 97% effective when used perfectly. In the first year of use, however, the possibility of pregnancy is 5%. Many women experience some change in their bleeding pattern when taking the mini pill. Spotting can occur in up to 25% of women, or women may stop having periods. This is most common when a woman has been on the mini pill for longer than six months. The absence of a period is not harmful; nonetheless, the first time a woman misses a period, it is important for her to come in for evaluation to make sure she is not pregnant. • Some women experience minor headaches, nausea, weight gain, depression, and cramping. • Some studies have demonstrated that taking progesterone alone may cause an increase in cholesterol. • If you do become pregnant while taking the mini pill, you have