Marlissa® In the United States alone, 62% of all sexually active women report using at least one form of contraception. The largest age group at risk for not using a birth control methods are those between 15 and 19 years of age. Many women who are not yet ready to begin a family rely on female birth control like Marlissa® to prevent pregnancy. Marlissa® is an oral combination birth control pill that reduces the chances of pregnancy occurring. In fact if Marlissa® is taken perfectly (that is, it’s taken exactly how it is prescribed), it can be up to 99.9% effective. One of the largest reasons that women do become pregnant while taking birth control is that they have missed doses or are taking certain medications that can result in a lapse of coverage. For this reason, it’s necessary for you to inform your physician of all medications you are taking, even if they are over-the-counter. Certain antibiotics, for example, can compromise the efficacy of birth control pills. Marlissa® Birth Control Marlissa® birth control is known as a combination pill because it contains two different types of female hormones. There are other female birth control pills which contain only one (a progestin) but combination pills are more effective. The reason this type of contraceptive has such high success rates is because the combination of progestin and estrogen work to make several changes to the body. First, many women will no longer ovulate when taking contraceptives like Marlissa®. This means that an egg is no longer being released by the body. When this happens, fertilization will not occur. In some cases an egg may be released but other changes in the body will make pregnancy difficult. The cervical mucus become thicker which in turn makes it harder for the sperm to make their way to the egg. If the sperm does meet the egg, implantation is not likely since the uterine walls become thicker and less hospitable for a fertilized egg. Most commonly, the fertilized egg is flushed from the body naturally without the women even noticing. Different Kinds of Birth Control Different kinds of birth control types have their pros and cons. Many women choose oral contraceptives because they are highly effective and unlike surgical procedures used to prevent pregnancy, if a woman decides she wants to start a family she can just stop taking the pills and start trying right away without any permanent damage to her fertility. Marlissa® birth control is most commonly used for pregnancy prevention but there are other conditions that are treated with oral birth control medications as well. Only a doctor can let you know if Marlissa® is the right treatment for any condition, however, here are some of the most common conditions that are commonly treated with combination contraceptive pills like Marlissa® : endometriosis, painful menstrual cramps and bleeding, abnormal bleeding, amenorrhea and polycystic ovary syndrome, to name a few. Contraception Options When it comes to pregnancy prevention, there are many contraception options. While some couples may rely on just one type of birth control, others use more than one. For example, when taking Marlissa® or other contraceptives, some may still use a male condom. It’s important to remember that Marlissa® birth control does not protect against any STDs. Condoms can help prevent the spread of some STDs but others, like herpes, can still be spread through the skin to skin contact which still occurs when a condom is being worn properly.