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Comparing Birth Control Pill Types

'The pill' isn't just one pill. It comes in many forms. Here are the options.

Pill Safety continued...

Combination pills may not be right for you if you have:

  • Risk factors for blood clots, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions, such as women over 35 who smoke
  • Had liver or breast cancer, although it has no impact on future risk for breast cancer
  • Migraines with aura

Remember, although birth control pills make pelvic inflammatory disease less likely, they don't protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Once you start the pill, be careful with other prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The following medications can interfere:

  • Antibiotics
  • Certain seizure medications
  • Certain HIV medications
  • St. John's wort 

Reviewed on March 19, 2012
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