Birth Control Pills Directory
"The Pill" is an oral contraceptive method that prevents pregnancy. There are many types of birth control pill options: Some can help with PMDD and menstrual cramps, some are safe for breastfeeding mothers, and some only allow you to have a few periods a year. You should talk to your doctor to decide which type is best for you. Birth control pills can have side effects such as weight gain and nausea, so you should discuss these with your doctor as well. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how birth control pills work, what types are available, and what the side effects are.
Migraines, Headaches, and Hormones
Menstruation and its related hormones can trigger headaches and migraines in women. Find out what you can do about them.
Birth Control Pills
An overview of birth control pills and how they're used to prevent pregnancy.
Women's Hormones and Oral Health
Learn from WebMD how hormones impact a woman's oral health, including her risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
What Is the Cervical Shield?
WebMD describes the cervical shield method of birth control, how it works, effectiveness and side effects.
Not Your Mother's Birth Control
Women today have a wide array of new and easy birth control options. Just pick your preference!
Plan B: 11 Questions, 11 Answers
Here are 11 questions and answers on the emergency contraceptive Plan B and its FDA approval for over-the-counter sales to women age 18 and older.
A Pill Is Born
From a molecule that looks promising, to a new medicine on your shelf – the process typically takes years and involves researchers, drug companies, government bureaucrats, human subjects … and a few good rats.
Birth Control Pills That Reduce Monthly Menstruation and Periods
The newest birth control pills suppress women's menstrual cycles. But is this wise?
Slideshows & Images
Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight
What are some possible causes of sudden weight gain, when there are no changes in diet or exercise? Learn about the effects of certain medications, some medical conditions, sleep issues, and more.
Your Birth Control Options
See the mechanics, side effects, and failure rates for common birth control methods in this illustrated slideshow. Withdrawal, hormones, the IUD, and many more are explained with pictures.
The History of Birth Control
They put what where? From chastity belts to soda pop, women used some downright bizarre contraception through the ages.