Flying Betty wrote:And re birth control pills making your body think its pregnant: not really. Hormonal contraceptives do two main things. The first is to prevent ovulation and the second is to thin your uterine lining so if by some chance you do ovulate, a fertilized egg won't be able to implant in that environment. I'm not going to say anything about efficacy and missed pills since I've never been in that situation (on any sort of birth control) and can't really know how I would react if I were.
My bad. This is how, far back when I started using the pill, it was explained to me. I think the body does similar things when it's pregnant tho, but that is just an assumption.
@SecondTalon: if the doctor indeed read a study like that, fair enough. I would be curious as to how reliable that study is tho, but maybe that's just me. And what if the forgotten pills are two days in a row? Wouldn't that change things? Also, docters, sadly, aren't always
I'm also of the opinion that if it occurs regularly that someone using the pill as a contraceptive forgets one or two per month, they're on the wrong kind of contraceptive. On the combined oral contraceptive pill page
, Wikipedia clearly differentiates "perfect use" and "Actual use"/ "typical use". While the former has a failure rate of 0,03%, the latter has a failure rate of up to 8% (a typical chance on pregnancy without protection is about 10%).
Nowadays, there are a lot of hormonal contraceptives that don't have to be taken on a daily basis. If a woman is serious about not getting pregnant, then she should make sure she's protecting herself well enough.
I'm sorry I get a bit ranty about it. I hate it when people tell me they've become pregnant "despite the pill". I'd love to tell them it's probably
because they were DOING IT WRONG!
It's just something I wish the general public would take more seriously.
I agree with you that the other side of the medal is that people who already take it seriously freak out pretty easily because of a missed pill. When I was on the pill (IUS
user now) I have had the odd scare myself. I've always been able to remain calm by searching for information when something went wrong, and find out how to handle it. A sensible user is most likely going to be fine.
Re Moo's cramps: HUGS! Emergency hot chocolate!
Re: jmrz hair: my sis had long hair like you, and cut it short about two years ago. She now spends wayyy more time styling, blowdrying, and fumbling with it than she ever
did when it was longer (I'm talking mid-chest long). I agree with others that it can grow back, and change is nice, but I don't think it's going to save you lots of time styling, unless you are very lucky to have a great, low-maintenance new coupe that always falls right. It also means you have to go to the hairdresser more often to maintain that low-maintenance coupe
short hair needs a good shape to fall right, and that grows out pretty quickly.
My sis has very very straight and thin hair, so ymmv.
The blowdrying business you have atm doesn't sound ideal either tho. Ask your hairdresser
s/he knows better what would work for your type of hair. Good luck!