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How do birth control pills affect menstruation?

Birth control pills contain reproductive hormones that influence the menstrual cycle in various ways depending on the type of pill you are taking. More traditional pills regulate your menstruation by mimicking a 28-day cycle. In recent years several pills have been developed that extend the cycle and reduce the number of periods you experience each year. Some types of birth control pills can actually eliminate periods for some women.

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