BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
Birth Control Pills
There are combination pills that use estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation as well as progestin-only pills. Combination pills come with a week of placebos so that you can have your period, while progestin-only allow you skip it altogether (which is totally safe).
We can provide up to a year of birth control pills at a time.
How The Pill Works
• Stops sperm from joining with the egg.
• Stops the egg from leaving the ovary.
• Blocks sperm so it can’t reach the egg.
How The Pill Is Used
• A pill is taken every day at the same time each day.
• See your clinician if you have severe abdominal pain, chest pain, headache, shortness of breath, changes in vision, or severe leg pain.
• Easy to use and very effective.
• Do not have to interrupt sex.
• No loss in fertility after pills are stopped.
• Periods are usually lighter, more regular and have less cramping.
• May improve acne.
• Some pills, when used as directed, can allow you not to have a period for several months.
Possible Problems or Disadvantages
• No protection against STIs and HIV/AIDS
• Must get pills from a clinician.
• Not all women can take the pill.
• Must remember to take a pill every day.
• May have nausea at first.
• May have weight gain, headaches, breast discomfort, depression, or loss in sex.
• May miss periods or have irregular bleeding.
• Skin on face may darken (like sometimes in pregnancy).
• May not produce as much milk if breastfeeding.
• May get high blood pressure or blood clots (Rare).
• May not be a good choice for women who have had breast cancer, liver disease, stroke, diabetes or blood clots.
• Heart attack (Rare)
• Liver tumors (Rare)
What are the side effects?
• You may have headaches or symptoms that usually clear up in 2 or 3 months:
o Sore breasts
o Spotting between periods
o Some women take the pill every day to avoid periods. Spotting or bleeding the first 6 months between periods is normal. It may lessen or completely stop over time.
How Well Does It Prevent Pregnancy?
With typical use, 8 out of 100 women will get pregnant in a year while using the pill.
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The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Please call Access Esperanza Clinics at 956-688-3700 to set an appointment at any of our clinics.