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How are birth control pills taken?

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Women take the pill by mouth to prevent pregnancy, and, when taken correctly, it is up to 99.9% effective. However, the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The latex male condom provides the best protection from most STDs. Other types of combined estrogen and progestin hormonal contraception include the patch and the vaginal ring.

From: Birth Control Pills WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

ContraceptionNet.

Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 5, 2018

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