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What are some points to keep in mind when taking birth control pills?

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Here are some tips on using birth control effectively:

  • Keep another form of birth control, like spermicidal foam and condoms, on hand in case you forget to take a pill.
  • Carry your pills with you if you don't always sleep at the same place.
  • Take your pill at the same time every day. If you are using the patch, replace your patch weekly on the same day. If you are using the vaginal ring, remove it after three weeks of use and insert a new one 7 days later.
  • Get your refills soon after you start the last prescription. Don't wait until the last minute to request refills.
  • Remember that birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings are all medications. Always tell your doctor or pharmacist you are on the pill, patch, or vaginal ring if you see him or her for any reason.

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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