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The birth control pill is among the most widely used birth control methods. There are actually many different formulations of birth control pills, using varying types and dosages of synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy. For maximum effectiveness, it’s important to take the pill exactly as directed by a gynecologist.

As you’ll learn when you watch this interview with an OB/GYN, some birth control pills come in 28-day packs, while others come in three-week packs. The larger packs contain one week of placebo pills, which is the week during which you’ll have your period. The three-week packs lack a placebo week, which means you won’t take any pills for one week.

For help exploring your choices of birth control methods in Washington, D.C., you can turn to the trusted physicians at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Call (202) 659-9403 or visit our website for a list of our gynecology services , including STD testing.