Oral contraceptives—most commonly known as "the pill"—are a popular birth control method. Taken by mouth once a day, these pills are intended to inhibit fertility. During these seven days, menstruation normally occurs. During those initial 21 days, however, your system absorbs the combination of estrogen and progesterone in the pills, which then prevents ovulation the release of your eggs from your ovaries from occurring. The lining of your uterus is also affected, and the mucus at your cervix changes as well, so as to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
Estrogen and Progestin (Oral Contraceptives): MedlinePlus Drug Information
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Contraceptives, Oral (Combination Products)
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious side effects from oral contraceptives, including heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes. This risk is higher for women over 35 years of age and heavy smokers 15 or more cigarettes per day. If you take oral contraceptives, you should not smoke.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused most often by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed. There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects only the gums.