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Quiz: What Do You Know About the Pill?

Just about all of the women I know have taken the pill or are using it right now. The thing that's sad is that we take it, but many of us don't know much about it. Since it affects our bodies so much, I think it's important for women to know what the pill is and to understand the possible risks involved.

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the pill.


Quiz: What Do You Know About the Pill?

What are the two hormones found in most oral contraceptives?

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Beaner Beaner 9 years
great to know about ovarian cancer.
Phunkometry Phunkometry 9 years
nicachica, this is my understanding: The hormones in the pill prevent you from releasing an egg (ovulating), and when you take the placebo pills, the lack of these hormones going into your body causes you to menstruate. But actually, since there is no egg floating around (since one wasn't released), the period is not necessary. That's why those "4 periods a year" pills aren't dangerous. But women are more comfortable with monthly periods (not as in they enjoy them more, but they're just more used to them), and there is a misconception that a woman needs to "clean out" her body by means of a monthly period. But actually, since the pill prevents a lot of new tissues being formed in the uterus (unlike during a regular cycle without hormonal contraceptives, when tissue builds up on the lining of the uterus for the egg to stick there if it gets fertilized), there is no extra "congestion" in there that needs to be flushed out. I think I said more than what the answer to your question was... sorry! And if I am wrong, someone please correct me!
karlorene karlorene 9 years
but what about how long it can take to get pregnant after being on the pill?
lolabella lolabella 9 years
i have taken the pill, but it always makes me sick. i was always the guinea pig at my OB's because if it didn't make me sick, it was like the anti-nausea Holy Grail there! i never found one that worked, and have been using the natural planning method for 9 years ... no mistakes! whoo!
chicaparati17 chicaparati17 9 years
7/7 aint too bad! I am proud of myself! I take Loestrin 24 faithfully. I should know SOMETHING :)
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 9 years
6/7... i guess i know the basics, though i'm not even on the pill.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 9 years
Hormones do different things to fetuses than they do to full-grown women. While they may not always cause birth physical birth defects, depending on the hormone, and the level and time of exposure, there can be changes in the rate of development of certain bodily systems, especially the brain. Hormones that for us regulate things like our menstrual cycle or when we stay awake and go to sleep can affect things like the growth of certain parts of the brain, or how the baby's endocrine system functions when it gets older. That's why it's really important to be careful about taking any type of medication while you're pregnant, including birth control.
o0osara o0osara 9 years
so if the pill does not cause birth defects...wouldnt staying on it while pregnant help keep your homone levels in check or something? hahaa I don't know, that just doesn't make too much sense to me
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
5/7, but I clicked on the wrong button for the cancer question. :P
totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
4/7 not bad but not good since I have on birthcontrol since i was 18.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
frick 5/7 - yea I thought it caused birth defects!
melda melda 9 years
5 out of 7 i thought taking the pill while pregnant causes birth defects
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 9 years
it worries me that i have been on the pill for almost 7 years and i only got a 6 out of 7. i was tripped up on the 'what kind of cancer' question..
hottpink hottpink 9 years
6 out og 7. Birth defects got me as well!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
6/7... The birth defects one got me. I know if you keep taking it while pregnant the outcome isn't good.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Can someone please explain how you can get a "period" on the Pill but it's not really menstruation/ovulation? I've had it explained to me before but I can never seem to absorb why! Thanks!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
How about "True or false, the pill leads to weight gain."
Greggie Greggie 9 years
7/7 Thank you. Thank you very much. *lol* I'll never take it anyway. However, what most people don't realize is that the prevention statistics aren't based on fertile time. They're based on overall time. So if you have sex 100 times and become pregnant once, it's considered 99% effective, even though you were only fertile maybe 10 of those times, which makes it 90% effective.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
ashcwebb I agree about being prego and on the pill.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
5/7! Damn! I thought that taking the pill when you were pregnant WAS bad and I had to totally guess on what type of cancer it prevented!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
WHOO! 6 out of 7...not bad. I got tripped up on the birth defects one. I know my pill pack says to stop taking it if you are pregnant, so I just assumed that research had found that it could cause birth defects. Good to know and probably good to stop taking it anyway while pregnant. Don't pregnant women usually stop their period during their pregnancy anyway? Taking the pill wouldn't really be necessary then.
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