Gildess® FE Birth control pills are effective in preventing pregnancy due to their active ingredients. There are several different types of pills that can be taken but one of the most popular types is the combination pill. This is what Gildess® FE is classified as. Essentially combination birth control pills consist of two main active ingredients – a form or progestin and a form of estrogen. In Gildess® FE, norethindrone is the progestin and ethinyl estradiol is the estrogen. These two hormones work together to make the body less hospitable for pregnancy. Not only is the vaginal mucus thickness increased, but so is the lining of the uterus. Thickening the mucus makes it less likely for sperm to make their way to an egg (if one is released) and the thickened uterine lining makes a fertilized egg implanting less probable. The main form of pregnancy prevention the pill provides is stopping the body from releasing an egg altogether. Naturally, without and egg there can be no fertilization and no pregnancy. There are several factors that can make both regular and low dose birth control far less effective. Certain medications may cause interactions, like some antibiotics for example. Any time you begin taking a new medication, be sure to check for potential interactions with your physician or pharmacist. Low Hormone Birth Control Another way that low hormone birth control may be rendered useless or non-effective is if it is taken at random different times each day. In order to maintain ultimate efficacy, Gildess® FE (as well as other low dose birth control brands) should be taken routinely at the same time each day. The “FE” part of the brand name means that the inactive pills (or those taken the week when the menstrual period begins) contain a small amount of iron. These “reminder pills” however are mainly meant as place holders for the week, so you do not fall out of the habit of taking a pill at the same time each day during your period. Low Dose Birth Control Many women do not enjoy the side effects which many higher dose birth control pills produce. While many have improved over the years, low dose birth control has been a resounding favorite among women looking for full birth control protection without the unwanted side effects. Additionally, low hormone birth control like Gildess® Fe are associated with a variety of other benefits including lighter and shorter periods, decreased risk of developing ovarian cysts and also fewer acne breakouts. Gildess® Fe is a simple medication to take with few side effects. When taken at the same time every day, it is highly effective in preventing pregnancy from occurring. In order to be considered a “low dose” birth control pills must have low levels of estrogen. They are also associated with lowering the risk of certain types of uterine cancer in women.