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What are side effects from ultra-low-dose birth control pills?

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Many women who take them have breakthrough bleeding, which can lead women to stop taking them. Taking your pill at exactly the same time every day may help reduce this problem, but there are no guarantees. Another issue is that women who take ultra-low-dose pills may get vaginal dryness and chronic pelvic pain. Those can make sex uncomfortable.

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Kripke, C. , October 2005. American Family Physician

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Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor, obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, Yale School of Medicine.

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Aponte, M.  American Urological Association 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting: Abstract 1515. Presented May 2013.

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Choosing a Birth Control Method: Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills."

Cianci, A. , August 2007. Minerva Ginecologica

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: "Female Contraception."

International Pelvic Pain Society: "Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Cause Vulvodynia? Time to Finally End the Controversy."

Kripke, C. , October 2005. American Family Physician

Liao, P.V. December 2012. Canadian Family Physician,

Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor, obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, Yale School of Medicine.

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Pills."

Vanessa Cullins, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist; vice president of external affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Womenshealth.gov: "Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2017

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