Choosing a birth control pill

Choosing the right birth control pill can be a challenge. Learn the pros and cons of different types of birth control pills.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you’re considering taking birth control pills, you’re not alone. Birth control pills are some of the most popular contraceptives. And for good reasons — they’re effective and easy to use. The variety of birth control pills available, though, can seem daunting. Fortunately, they can be sorted into just a few categories to make it easier to understand your options.

What are the different kinds of birth control pills?

There are two main kinds of birth control pills:

  • Combination birth control pills. This type of pill contains both estrogen and progestin. There are a wide variety of combination pills to choose from, depending on how often you want to have periods and the dose of hormones that is best