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What are the side effects of combination pills for birth control?

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You might have:

  • Changes in your period
  • Headache and nausea
  • Tender breasts
  • Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods, also known as spotting)

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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