Birth Control Pills

Birth Control Pills Work By:

-stopping the monthly release of an ovum from the ovaries

-altering the lining of the uterus

-creating a thick cervical mucus that hampers the movement of sperm into the uterus

-the pill is a combination of estrogen and progestin.


-Able to have uninterrupted sex

-Very effective if taken as directed

-Regulates your periods and may reduce menstrual cramps

-May improve acne

-Lowers risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and ovarian cysts


-Offers no protection against STI’s (always use a condom)

-Effectiveness may be reduced if you are taking other medication, or if you forget or take your pill late

-You may experience minor temporary side effects such as nausea, fluid retention, breakthrough bleeding, tender breast, mood changes and weight gain. Often these symptoms resolve after the first 3 months.

-If you are a smoker you should discuss the possibility of increased health risks with your physician.

Contact your physician immediately if any of the following occur:

Severe headaches

DizzinessVision Problems

Severe Shortness of Breath

Severe Leg or Abdominal Pain

Severe Depression

To Start Your First Package Of Birth Control Pills

Start your first package of bcps on the Sunday after your period starts. If your period starts on a Sunday, start the pills that day.

On a 28 pill pack, 1 hormone pill is taken for 21 days. The 1 reminder (sugar) pill is taken daily for 7 days. Begin a new pack the next day, not missing any days. Your period will come while you are on the reminder pills.

On a 21 pill pack, 1 hormone pill is taken daily for 21 days and then no pills are taken for 7 days. Start your new package on the 8th day. You will have your period in the week you are off the bcps.

Take your bcp at approximately the same time every day.

A pregnancy could happen:

-During the 1st month on the pill

-If you ran out or stop taking them

-When the pill is taken late or you forgot tot take it.

-If you have vomiting and diarrhea

-If you take other medications that may decrease the effectiveness of the Pill

To avoid pregnancy during these times abstain from intercourse or use condoms every time until you start your next package of pills.

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