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How do you know if birth control pills are the right option for you?

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Talk to your doctor before you choose your contraception method. Make sure she knows your health history and any other medications you take. Some meds make the pill less effective. This includes herbal remedies like St. John’s wort.

You shouldn’t take any type of birth control pill if you’ve had breast cancer.

Also, the pill doesn't protect you from STDs.

SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Pills.”

The Nemours Foundation: “Birth Control Pill.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs: “ Birth Control Fact Sheet.”

British National Health Service: “When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill?

National Women’s Health Resource Center: “Types of Pills.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Hormonal Contraception: General Information.”

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Female Contraception.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments.”

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy: “Pill Perfection: Choosing the Right Pill for You.”

The World Health Organization Reproductive Health Library: “Monophasic versus Multiphasic Oral Contraceptives.”

British National Health Services: “Will a Pregnancy Test Work if I'm on the Pill?”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Birth Control Pills - Progestin-Only Contraceptives.”

Healthy Women: "Type of Pills."

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Which birth control pill is right for me?”

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Risky business 2: Migraines, high blood pressure, and blood clots.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Pills.”

The Nemours Foundation: “Birth Control Pill.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs: “ Birth Control Fact Sheet.”

British National Health Service: “When will my periods come back after I stop taking the pill?

National Women’s Health Resource Center: “Types of Pills.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Hormonal Contraception: General Information.”

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Female Contraception.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments.”

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy: “Pill Perfection: Choosing the Right Pill for You.”

The World Health Organization Reproductive Health Library: “Monophasic versus Multiphasic Oral Contraceptives.”

British National Health Services: “Will a Pregnancy Test Work if I'm on the Pill?”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives.”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: “Birth Control Pills - Progestin-Only Contraceptives.”

Healthy Women: "Type of Pills."

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Which birth control pill is right for me?”

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: “Risky business 2: Migraines, high blood pressure, and blood clots.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 04, 2017

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