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Are There Any Cons To Being On The Birth Control Pill?

Published: October 21, 2013
Dear Are There Any Cons To Being On The Birth Control Pill?,
Are there any cons to being on birth control pills?

Dear Are There Any Cons To Being On The Birth Control Pill?,

The birth control pill is an effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancies from occurring. According to Planned Parenthood, less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always take the pill each day as directed. And about 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always take the pill each day as directed.

However, the pill does have some disadvantages according to Planned Parenthood:

  • The pill does not protect against the transmission of STDs. For this reason is recommended that teens using the pill continue to use condoms to protect against the transmission of STDs.
  • Some women will also experience side effects from taking the pill.
  • Some women have difficulty remembering to take the pill each day around the same time. And when pills are missed it increases the chances the pregnancy could occur.
  • After stopping the pill it can take the menstrual cycle 1-2 months to return to its regular cycle.

If you are taking the pill and are experiencing any kind of side effects or unusual symptoms, speak to your doctor right away. If you have concerns about being able to remember to take the pill each day speak to your doctor about alternate forms of birth control, such as the birth control shot, which might be a better choice for you. And if you have any questions or concerns at all about birth control methods, safer sex, or anything else related to your physical or sexual health, speak to your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

For more information on the pill, including benefits, disadvantages, effectiveness, and more, go to Planned Parenthood’s webpage on Birth Control Pills.

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