Falmina® Whenever you are interested in starting a new birth control regimen, it’s important to research your options and discuss these with your prescribing physician. Falmina® birth control is used primarily for the prevention of pregnancy but may also be prescribed for a variety of other conditions as decided by a doctor. Falmina® is an oral contraceptive that contains two different types of hormones, which earns it the name ‘combination pill.’ The two hormones used are a progestin and an estrogen. When these two hormones are introduced into the body, several changes take place that make pregnancy improbable. For example, in a women not taking the pill, when ovulation occurs an egg is released and is ready to be fertilized. Falmina® prevents the egg from being released in most cases so that it will not be fertilized if unprotected sex occurs. Sperm can live in the body for several days, but without an egg pregnancy cannot occur. How Effective it Birth Control Another reason that birth control works so well is that in addition to preventing the release of an egg, Falmina® also causes the uterine wall to thicken. This is another safeguard against pregnancy since a thick uterine wall makes it more challenging for a fertilized egg to attack should one be released and fertilized during ovulation. Also, vaginal fluid becomes thicker which makes it hard for sperm to travel and fertilize an egg. If you suffer from painful or particularly long lasting periods, you can talk to your doctor about perhaps trying a combination birth control pill like Falmina®. Many women report that their periods become shorter and less painful while taking Falmina® birth control. With all this in mind however many women still have questions. One common question is how effective is birth control for preventing pregnancy? The answer depends on a few variables but when taken exactly as directed all combination birth control types are more than 99% effective. So why do you have to take them as directed? Essentially any missed pill can increase your likelihood of becoming pregnant. For this reason you should take your pill at the same time each day so that each dose is no more than 24 hours apart. If you ever forget to take a dose, take the pill as soon as you remember and refer to the prescribing info ‘missed dose’ section. Falmina® Birth Control It’s important to remember that Falmina® birth control does not prevent you from becoming infected with STDs or sexually transmitted infections. For this reason, health professionals recommend using a barrier method (like a condom) when having intercourse, especially with someone you haven’t discussed sexual history with. For women who would like to have children at another point in time, Falmina® does not impact fertility long term. Once you have decided you would in fact like to try and become pregnant, you can speak with your physician about stopping the medication and no long term side effects are reported.