The birth control pill is a popular and effective birth control option. It consists of a pill that you take every day. You can choose a type where you’ll have a period once a month, or a type where you get a period as few as 4 times a year. Birth control pills work very well when they are taken as instructed without missing any pills in each pack.
Birth control pills contain two hormones, one called estrogen and one called progesterone. Taken together these hormones stop the release of an egg, or ovulation during your menstrual cycle. They also thicken the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.
Birth control pills are not right for every woman. During your appointment you can discuss with our gynecologists whether this method would be safe for you. The most common side effects that woman experience are breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, and mood swings. Birth control pills can increase your risk of having a blood clot or stroke, so it is important to inform your doctor of any changes to your medical history.
If you are interested in birth control pills and the doctor determines you are a candidate then a prescription will be sent to your preferred pharmacy at that visit.
Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections; therefore condoms are still a great way to add double protection!