Kurvelo® Birth control pills changed women’s sexual health in the 1960s and continue to allow women to take control of their bodies and their choice to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Originally, birth control was prescribed for severe menstrual issues (when first approved by the FDA in 1957) but by the 60s it was being used as a contraceptive. Combination birth control pills are those which contain two types of hormones known as progestin and estrogen. For women who are unable to take estrogen, there are also types of birth control pills which contain progestin only. These pills are commonly referred to as “mini pills.” While they are effective, they are not as effective in preventing pregnancy as combination pills. Kurvelo® is a combination pill that is most commonly prescribed for pregnancy prevention, however, there are other conditions that may also be treated. Some women who commonly experience prolonged and painful periods find that combination birth control pills effectively curb these side effects. Most women taking the pill notice that their periods become shorter and lighter than they were prior to taking oral contraceptives. Kurvelo® Birth Control Many women are unsure where to begin their search for the right contraceptive methods. The best place to turn is to ask your prescribing physician which types of birth control pills would be best for you based on your medical history, allergies and other medications that you are taking. There are several ways that Kurvelo® birth control works to prevent pregnancy from occurring. First, many women taking Kurvelo® will no longer release and egg (ovulate) and therefore, there is no risk of pregnancy. Some women still will release an egg but their cervical mucus and the thickening of their uterine lining will create conditions that are not hospitable for sperm transportation or fertilized egg implantation. In these cases where an egg is fertilized, the egg will simply be passed through the body naturally and no pregnancy will occur. Birth Control All types of birth control must be taken exactly as directed to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy occurring. For instance, if you are not taking your birth control at 24-hour intervals you are more likely to ovulate and pregnancy may occur. Other reasons that pregnancy can occur while taking birth control is the use of medications which interact with the effectiveness of the medication. Certain types of antibiotics may interfere with the ability of Kurvelo® birth control to protect against pregnancy. One of the most common of all these is the use of certain antibiotics. Be sure to ask your physician if your antibiotics are the type which can cause a disruption in coverage. It may be necessary for you to use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as condoms) as a backup method of protection. While there is currently no 100% effective method, oral contraceptives like Kurvelo® birth control have been found to be highly effective. In studies it’s been shown that for every 100 women taking birth control less than 1 will become pregnant when taking the medication as prescribed by the physician. If several pills are forgotten in a row, this can account for a lapse in protection and may also result in breakthrough bleeding.