What is it?
The birth control pill is what most people think of as "the pill". The pill is the most common birth control (BC) method and is highly effective if taken every day. There are many strengths and brands of contraceptive pills. You can talk with your clinician about which type of BC pills is right for you.
- 92-99% effective.
- Can make periods more regular and cramps less painful.
- Can improve acne and PMS.
- Helps protect against uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections or HIV.
- May cause irregular bleeding. These side effects often disappear over time, or can be helped by changing to a different pill with a different amount of hormones.
Who uses birth control pills?
People who have the self discipline to take a pill every single day and who have a safe place to store their pills.
How do you use birth control pills?
For most types of BC pills you swallow one pill every day for three weeks. The last week you either take a pill that has no hormones –a “reminder” pill to keep you in the habit of taking a pill each day-or take no pills for one week. This is when you will get your period. There are also pills you can take to not get your period at all. Talk to your provider about what kind of pills are best for you.
Where do you get birth control pills?
You can get a prescription for BC pills at a clinic near you.
How effective are birth control pills?
BC pills are 92-99% effective. They are most effective when taken every day. If you skip a pill during a pill cycle, you may be at higher risk for unintended pregnancy.
Does the pill offer STI protection?
NO. For STI protection use condoms with this method.