Birth Control Pills
Birth Control Pills are the most popular form of birth control. They are a daily pill that contains a low level of hormones that effectively prevent pregnancy.
Watch this video about birth control pills to learn more about how they work and what to expect.
- Why Should I Take The Birth Control Pill?
- Are There Any Side Effects Associated With The Pill?
- How Do I Get The Pill And When Can I Start Taking It?
- What Happens If I Miss A Pill?
- Who Should Not Take The Birth Control Pill?
- Do Birth Control Pills Prevent STDs Too?
Why Should I Take The Birth Control Pill?
The Pill is an easy, convenient and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But there are also other benefits the Pill offers beyond pregnancy prevention. The Pill may cause more regular, lighter, and less painful periods. The Pill may result in less acne. Women on the Pill are less likely to become anemic (low iron). The Pill may decrease symptoms of endometriosis. There is less risk of tubal pregnancy, ovarian cysts, or pelvic inflammatory disease for women on the Pill. There is less risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, and it is an easily reversible method of birth control.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated With The Pill?
Many women experience no side effects when first starting the Pill. However, some women may experience nausea, breast tenderness, mood swings, and spotting for the first several months. These symptoms will stop with the continued use of the Pill. Some medications may react with the Pill and reduce its effectiveness. Anytime you need to see a health care provider tell them you are on the birth control pill.
If you experience severe abdominal pain, chest pain and shortness of breath, severe headache, blurred vision, or swelling or severe pain in one leg, stop your Pills and call us immediately or seek medical care.
How Do I Get The Pill And When Can I Start Taking It?
If you would like to get on the birth control pill you will need to make an appointment to come into the clinic (click HERE to make an appointment), or if you are a teen you can come to our teen walk-in clinic on Thursday afternoons (click HERE for clinic schedule).
There are several options for starting the pill. These options include:
Same Day Start: you can start you birth control pills the same day you get them. You will need to use a backup method of birth control (like condoms) for 7 days to avoid a pregnancy while your body adjusts to the new medication
Sunday Start: take the first pill on the Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still bleeding. If your period begins on a Sunday, start your pills that day. Use a back up method of birth control (like condoms) for 7 days to avoid a pregnancy while your body adjusts to the new medication
First Day Start: begin taking the pill on the first day of your period. Use a back up method of birth control (like condoms) for the next seven days to avoid pregnancy while your body adjusts.
To be the most effective BC pills have to be taken at the same time everyday. Once you finish a pack start a new pack the next day. Do NOT stop between packs.
What Happens If I Miss A Pill?
If you miss one pill…
Take the missed pill as soon as you remember; then the next pill should be taken at the usual time. To be safe, it is a good idea to use a back up method (like condoms) for the next seven days to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
If you miss 2 pills…
Take 2 pills when you remember, and take 2 pills the next day. Then take 1 pill per-day until the pack is gone. Use a back up method (like condoms) for the next seven days to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
If you miss 3 pills in a row, you may begin bleeding and are no longer protected by the pill. If you have missed several pills and had intercourse, you may want Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP) also known as Plan B. ECPs may be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex to prevent an unintended pregnancy, however the closer to the unprotected sex, the more effective it is.
Who Should Not Take The Birth Control Pill?
Women who think they may be pregnant, women who have a history of blood clots, certain cancers, active liver disease, migraines with aura, current breast cancer or cancer of the uterus, cervix or vagina (now or in the past), have severe high blood pressure, or a history of stroke or other heart diseases and smokers 35 years of age or older.
Do Birth Control Pills Prevent STDs Too?
The Pill is great for preventing unintended pregnancies but it offers NO PROTECTION against sexually transmitted diseases! If you are at risk for contracting STDs, you will need to take the necessary precautions to avoid them as well as pregnancy. To learn more about STDs and how to prevent them click HERE