Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
The minipill is a common type of contraception. Your health care provider may recommend the minipill if:
- You're breast-feeding — the estrogen in combination birth control pills is known to interfere with milk supply
- You have certain health problems, such as a high risk of heart disease, blood clots, or a history of high blood pressure or migraines
- You're concerned about the side effects of birth control pills containing estrogen
The minipill is an easily reversible method of contraception. Your fertility may return to normal immediately after you stop taking the minipill.
Your health care provider may also recommend the minipill to help treat sickle cell disease or dermatitis that seems to be related to your menstrual cycle or to reduce iron deficiency anemia.
The minipill isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of the minipill if:
- You have breast cancer
- You have unexplained uterine bleeding
- You're taking anticonvulsant or anti-tuberculous agents
- FAQs: Birth control pills. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/publications/faq/faq021.cfm. Accessed Sept. 27, 2011.
- Frequently asked questions: Birth control methods. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/birth-control-methods.cfm. Accessed Sept. 27, 2011.
- Cullins V. Counseling women seeking hormonal contraception. http://www.uptodate.com/home/index.html. Accessed Sept. 27, 2011.
- Kaunitz AM. Progestin-only (minipills) for contraception. http://www.uptodate.com/home/index.html. Accessed Sept. 27, 2011.
- Schorge JO, et al. Williams Gynecology. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2008. http://www.accessmedicine.com/content.aspx?aID=3151449. Accessed Sept. 27, 2011.
- Progestin-only contraceptives. In: Zieman M, et al. A Pocket Guide to Managing Contraception. Tiger, Ga.: Bridging the Gap Communications; 2010:117.