I just started taking birth control pills.  Can I still get pregnant?

Yes!  It takes about 1-2 weeks for you to get full protection.  Use another form of birth control, like condoms during the first 7-10 days of beginning the pill.

I missed my pill(s), what do I do?

It depends.  If you missed ONE pill in the first three weeks of your pack, take two the next day.  If you missed TWO pills, take the two pills you missed ASAP and then take your next pill at the scheduled time (you will have to use a back-up method of birth control if you missed two pills). If you miss THREE OR MORE pills, throw out the pack of pills, wait for your period to begin and start a new pack.  If you miss pills in the last week (28 day pack) you can take them to catch up or just throw them away and start your next pack on the following Sunday.

REMEMBER: YOU NEED A BACK UP METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL WHENEVER YOU MISS MORE THAN ONE PILL IN THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF YOUR PACK.

I heard that the pill makes you throw-up.  Is this true?

Sometimes.  The hormones in the pill may cause some users to feel sick or “nauseous.”  This is the most common side-effect of the pill. Other users might feel so sick that they vomit.  There are some things that users can do to decrease the chance of feeling sick.

·        Take the pill at night.

·        Take the pill with food.

·        Take the pill everyday.  Skipping days will result in having to take two or more pills and will increase the chance of nausea.

If these things don’t seem to help, it’s important to speak with a health professional.  There are many different pill strengths so a lower dose might be helpful. Contact the clinic that prescribed you the pill.

My mother told me that the pill could cause cancer and blood clots.  Is this true?

Research shows that some of the hormones in the pill actually “decrease” the chance of certain kinds of cancers.  In addition, medical conditions such as blood clots are extremely rare among pill users.  It is true that some women should not use the pill, especially those with a history of blood clots, who smoke, or are over 35 years old. This is why it’s important to talk to your health care provider before taking the pill. 

What if you find out you’re pregnant and you have been taking the pill.  Won’t the hormones in the pill hurt the fetus?

Generally, no.  The same hormones that are in the pill are also in a woman’s body.  Research has not shown any major effects on the fetus (baby) if the woman used pills until she found out she was pregnant.

I forgot my pills at home but my friend is on the pill too.  Can I use one of her pills and then give her one of mine when I get back home?

Although this happens, it is not advised.  The main reason is that your girlfriend’s pill might not be the same as yours.  Just because someone is “on the pill” doesn’t mean that it’s the same “type” of pill.  Also, some types of pills called “tri-phasal” have 3 different levels of hormone in each pack.  This said, taking someone else’s pills might interfere with your cycle, or might be ineffective. Another reason why this is not a good idea is that it’s easy to forget to switch pills back.  Furthermore, it’s just never a good practice to borrow prescription medication. 

I took my pill everyday and my period only lasted for two days and was very light.  Does this mean that I’m pregnant?

Probably not.  Most pill users report lighter periods.  This happens because the blood lining in the uterus (womb) that becomes your period, is very thin.  If you took your pill everyday, at the same time of day, then you should be fine.

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