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March 24, 2011

10 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives are just one of the ways women can take control of and responsibility for their bodies. Read this article to learn the basics about the Pill. By Ana Santos
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The approval of the oral contraceptive by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) back in the 1960s was heralded as the best thing to happen to womankind. For the first time, women had choices about whether they wanted to have children and when to have them. But for many women, the innocuous little birth control pill remains a mystery surrounded by fear about side effects and worries about getting fat and infertility.  

Female Network had a heart-to-heart chat with Katherine Dizon, a registered nurse who mans the Filipinay Hotline and answers questions on a daily basis about pills and other forms of birth control from callers. Check out the slide show below for the most common concerns about the Pill with us, as well as helpful tips to remember.

If you have additional questions about oral contraceptive pills or to find out which brand is the best for you, call the FILIPINAY hotline at (02) 477-5555 or call or text (0917) 823-1111 to speak to a health care professional. Hotline operating hours run from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

You can also visit the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP) at
Dr. A Ejercito St., Pinaglabanan, San Juan, Metro Manila.

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Ana Santos
manages, a website devoted to sexual health for women. She has worked in partnership the Filipinay Campaign to promote sexual health rights and awareness among young women.

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  • purple Mar 24 2011 @ 08:07am Report Abuse
    Just a correction, its progesterone, not progestogen. There is no hormone such as progestogen. thanks.
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  • The Female Network Editorial Team Mar 24 2011 @ 09:50am Report Abuse
    Hi, Purple!

    Thanks for your comment. According to our research, progesterone is the naturally occurring form of a type of progestogen, while progestin is the synthetic form. This is why the pills containing only this hormone are frequently labeled either progestin-only or progestogen-only contraceptives. Since the former (progestin) seems to be more common, we've edited the article to add a clarification on this point.

    Thanks again!


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  • bratchicluckie May 15 2011 @ 10:57pm Report Abuse
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  • ennylove Jan 25 2012 @ 05:46pm Report Abuse
    how long can we take birth control pills?
  • shane_02 May 05 2012 @ 05:40pm Report Abuse
    pwede po bang i take yung pills one day after the intercourse??
  • Aurelia F. Solomon Jun 02 2012 @ 12:17pm Report Abuse
    hi, im 28 years old..i gave birth last jan.24,2012 under ceasarian section and sad to say hindi po ako nagpa breast feed sa baby ko..she's 4 just wanted to know po if what is the best brand pills na pwede ko itake, im a working mom and i dont have tym to visit health center..sabi po kc ung situation ko now madali daw po ulit ako mabuntis, and natatakot po ako..pls help me..many tnx po
  • mercy a. ganancial Feb 09 2013 @ 08:07pm Report Abuse
    pwede po bang mag-take ng pills kahit may varicose veins? ano po ba ang pwede sa akin?
  • love.mama Feb 21 2013 @ 08:06pm Report Abuse
    i am already 43 years old, can i still take contraceptive pill.
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