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How is the birth control pill taken and how effective?

The pill is either administered on a 28-day or 21-day cycle. The 28-day pill is given for

each day of the period, 7 of which are really just ‘filler’ pills (placebos) containing no

hormones. The purpose of these placebos is to ensure the woman is maintaining the correct

schedule of doses. In the 21-day pack, there are 7 days a month in which you do not take a

pill, and the woman must remember to resume the dose schedule after the 7 day break. In the

last week of the dose schedule there are no hormones ingested, allowing a menstruation which