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How soon do birth control pills work?

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When taken as directed, birth control pills are usually effective the first month you begin taking them. To be safe, some doctors recommend the use of another form of birth control, such as condoms and foam, during the first month. After the first month, you can just rely on the pill for birth control.

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 12, 2016

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

ContraceptionNet.

Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 12, 2016

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