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"It's not surprising that so many people take the pills incorrectly," Lane Mercer, MD, MPH, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, tells WebMD.

The most common complication, he says, is that "people misunderstand the placebo week, especially college students." He advises women to try Mircette, a new pill that has hormonal pills during the placebo period.

The simplest, best advice? Just remember to take your pill every day you're supposed to. For more information, see your doctor.

For more information from WebMD, see our Living Better page on Healthy Sexuality.

 

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