ORAL CONTRACEPTION

More than 60 million women take the pill worldwide and it is the most popular form of contraception in the United States. Most pills contain estrogen and progestin and work by preventing ovulation, used correctly it is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Pills available today are a much lower dose than the original birth control pill of the 1960’s and have fewer side effects.

Side Effects
There are some minor side effects associated with the birth control pill.

These include: breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods), nausea, headaches, and breast tenderness. Many of these side effects decrease during the first three months of usage.

Not all women are good candidates for the birth control pill. You should not take the pill if you are over 35 and smoke. You should not take the pill if you begin getting SEVERE migraine headaches after starting the birth control pill. Women who have a history of blood clots or stroke, have heart disease, or high blood pressure, have had breast cancer, have liver problems, have kidney problems or have active gallbladder disease should not take the pill.