Product Description of the Birth Control Pill:
How to Use the Birth Control Pill:
Failure Rates for the Birth Control Pill:
Cost of the Birth Control Pill:
Where To Get the Birth Control PIll:
Side Effect of the Birth Control Pill:
- bleeding between periods
- breast tenderness
- changes in mood
- weight gain for some women, weight loss for others
- change in sexual desire
Things to Watch Out for with the Birth Control Pill:
There are antibiotics that make the pill less effective. If you are using the pill, be sure and talk to your doctor if you start any other medications.
If you miss a pill it is important to get instructions from your doctor about how to get back on track. If you do miss a pill you should use a back up form of birth control until you are back on regular use.
Who Should Not Use the Birth Control Pill:
- Women who are 35 or older and smoke cigarettes
- Women with a history of high blood pressure, some blood clotting disorders, heart attacks, or certain kinds of stroke you should not use the ring.
- Women with a history of migraine headaches.
Contraception Information on About.com:
The following information is compiled from a variety of sources, including the CDC, information from drug manufacturers, Planned Parenthood, and Family Health International.
We strive to keep this information up to date, but new studies and information about side effects and effectiveness may not be reflected immediately in this information. This should be used as a guide only, and a health care professional should be consulted when considering a new or changed contraceptive method.
Updated December 18, 2005.