Birth Control Pills, Simplified

Meghan Cahalane
Sep 24 · 2 min read

There are two types of pills. Here’s how they work.

Birth control pills, the most commonly used non-permanent contraceptive, go by many names. There are dozens of brand name pills, and even more generics.

But there are really only two main types of pill: combination pills (estrogen and progestin) and minipills (progestin-only). Both are oral contraceptives that you take every day to help prevent pregnancy, but they have some notable differences.

Here are the main differences between combination pills and minipills.

Talking to a licensed medical professional is the best way to determine which type of pill might be best for you.

If you already have (or had) a prescription, see if you can save time and money through Blink Health’s birth control telemedicine offering. It’s the new way to get your birth control pills, designed to be easy, convenient and affordable.

Resources: Mayo Clinic, Bedsider, Cleveland Clinic

This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.

Blink Health is not insurance. The discount prescription drug provider is Blink Health Administration, LLC, 536 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012, (844) 366–2211,


Healthcare and the prescription drug industry are complicated. That’s why Blink Unscripted is here. To help you understand it a little better so you can get and do what you need to be healthy.

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