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Beyaz Birth Control Contains Folate

New Birth Control Pill Contains Pregnancy Vitamins

The FDA approved a new birth control this Fall that's identical to Yaz (made by the same company) with one difference: it contains folate, the prenatal must have for "women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant."

It's called Beyaz, which sounds like a verb or a SFW way to write b*tch. Putting prenatal vitamins in birth control makes perfect sense from a public health standpoint. The Center for Disease Control estimates half of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned (though only 20 percent of those women are on the pill), and 50 to 70 percent of neural tube birth defects could be prevented if women took folate.

So while this all sounds great, a big step forward for women not planning their pregnancies, it doesn't particularly instill my confidence as a consumer. How do you feel about taking a pill prepared to fail?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I got pregnant on the pill. On Ortho Tri Cyclin, and I was one of those women who had an alarm set on my phone for the right time to take it. Kids were not a part of my immediate future when I got pregnant.It does happen. Putting preventive measures in a new pill does not mean that it's designed to fail. That's like saying air bags are in cars because you're definitely going to have an accident.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
Are we sure that the purpose of the folate is for prenatal purposes? There are a lot of things in prenatal vitamins that all women can benefit from, so perhaps folate has a different purpose in this pill?
chequettex chequettex 6 years
I agree with Roaring Silence - it's not that the pill is prepared to fail, it's the the pill is prepared if YOU fail to take it! i.e. if you miss pills and get pregnant. but anyway I think it's a great idea. If you're having sex, no matter what BC you use, YOU MIGHT GET PREGNANT, so it's a good idea to have taken folate.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Hah I was just wondering the other day why they don't include folate in BC pills. I figured it's because some people may already be taking folate in other supplements, and would then receive too much of it. I wouldn't necessarily call the pill one that's designed to fail, since women who are on birth control pills also mostly have a folate deficiency.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
It makes sense, and if it doesn't harm you, then why not. But I take birth control to ensure I DON'T GET PREGNANT. This would make me feel less confident in the pill, even if it is exactly the same otherwise.
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