IMPORTANT NOTICE: At Fortis Healthcare, we are fully supportive of the National priorities set out by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Further to the directives of the Government provided in their press release dated 8th Nov 2016, payments at Government hospitals can be made through 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes. In view of the hardship being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, we have made an urgent representation to the Government that this exemption should apply equally, for payments, at private hospitals. We are following up with the authorities and hope the Government will step in quickly to resolve this anomaly. Meanwhile, at Fortis hospitals across the country, we continue to accept payments through credit card, debit card and electronic banking transfers. As 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes are no longer legal tender we are only accepting 100 Rs and lower currency notes. As per Government regulation, a PAN card and legitimate ID proof is however required for payments in cash exceeding Rs 50,000. Meanwhile we continue to ensure that emergency cases get immediate medical attention without delay whatsoever and have put in more administrative staff and help desks to assist patients.

Minipill (progestin-only birth control pill)

The minipill, also known as the progestin-only birth control pill, is an oral contraceptive that contains the hormone progestin. Unlike combination birth control pills, the minipill doesn't contain estrogen. The progestin dose in a minipill is lower than the progestin dose in a combination oral contraceptive pill.

The minipill thickens cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus (endometrium) — preventing sperm from reaching the egg. The minipill also sometimes suppresses ovulation. For maximum effectiveness, you must take the minipill at the same time every day.


Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect

Your health care provider may recommend the minipill if:

  • You're breast-feeding. For many years it was thought that the estrogen component of combination birth control pills inhibited breast milk production. Although recent research has found that combination birth control pills don't affect lactation, many providers and patients still have experience and confidence in the minipill for breast-feeding.
  • You have certain health problems. If you have a history of blood clots in the legs or the lungs, or if you have an increased risk of those conditions, your doctor may recommend the minipill.
  • You're concerned about combination birth control pills. Some women choose the minipill because they're concerned about drug interactions with or side effects of birth control pills containing estrogen.

The minipill is an easily reversible method of contraception. Your fertility may return to normal immediately after you stop taking the minipill.

Your health care provider also may recommend the minipill to help treat a type of skin inflammation (dermatitis) that seems to be related to your menstrual cycle.

The minipill isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of the minipill if:

  • You currently have or have had breast cancer
  • You have liver disease
  • You've had weight loss (bariatric) surgery
  • You have unexplained uterine bleeding
  • You're taking medications for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS or to control seizures
  • You'll have trouble taking the pill at the same time every day due to a changing work schedule or other factors

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