One of the most popular methods of birth control, it works by preventing ovulation as well as changing the cervical mucus. The pills contain hormones very similar to those a woman’s body produces naturally.
Birth control pills help protect against certain types of cancer, such as ovarian and endometrial cancers. Experts agree that women with no other risk factors do NOT have an increased risk of developing breast cancer from taking these pills.
Birth control pills also reduce menstrual cramps, menstrual flow and the length of your period, as well as helping to keep your menstrual cycle regular.
- How Do I Take the Pill? – The birth control pill is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly.
- Begin taking the first pill in your pill pack on the first day of your menstrual cycle, even if it is not a heavy flow. Occasionally, your provider will instruct you to begin your pill pack on a specific day of the week. If this is the case, follow those directions.
- When starting the pill for the first time (you did NOT take the pill the previous month),use a back-up method (condoms) or abstain from intercourse for the first 7 days of the pill pack.
- It is very important to take your pill at the same time every day. Many women set analarm on their cell phone as a reminder. You may choose a time in the morning, or evening. Just be sure to choose a time that will be convenient on a daily basis.
- If you forget to take your pill, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the next day, take two pills (the one you forgot, and the one for today). If you miss more than one pill, abstain from intercourse or use a back-up method for the remainder of that pill pack.
- What Might I Experience While Taking the Pill?
- Your period should be lighter, shorter, and less painful. If you skip a period completely, please call our office.
- You may experience mild breast tenderness and mild nausea while taking the pill, especially in the first three months. If these symptoms persist, or become severe, please call our office.
- It is common to experience “break through bleeding” while taking the pill. If you begin bleeding or spotting between periods, continue to take your pills at your scheduled time. Break through bleeding typically occurs when the pill is not taken at the same time every day. If this continues for more than three cycles, please contact our office.
- Serious Side Effects- Although the pill is considered very safe, there are certain life threatening side-effects to be aware of. Please contact our office, or go to the nearest emergency room if it is after office hours, if you experience ANY of the following;
- Pain and/or swelling in the leg;
- Chest pain;
- Shortness of breath;
- Blurry or double vision;
- New onset of severe headaches;
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs;
- Severe abdominal pain;
- Heavy vaginal bleeding(soaking more than 1 pad/tampon every hour)