What Else Should I Know?
See a doctor immediately if you have WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
any of the following:
• Your periods will be short and
• A—severe abdominal pain
scanty. You may only see a drop of
• C—severe chest pain or trouble
blood or a brown smudge on your breathing
pad or underwear during the week • H—severe headache or numbness
in your arms or legs
you are not taking the pills with
• E—eye problems (blurred vision or
loss of vision)
• If your periods were irregular before • S—severe leg pain. PILLS
you started the BCP, they may Get a Pap Smear, physical examina-
tion, and blood pressure check each
become irregular again after you year.
stop the BCP. Perform monthly breast
• Stop taking the pills if you want to
get pregnant. It may take 1 to 2
months before your periods
become regular. Use another
method of birth control until you
have 2-3 normal periods off the pill.
If you become pregnant while taking Revised February 2006
the BCP, the pill will not harm your
What Is The Birth What Side Effects Might I • Start the BCP 4 weeks after you deliver a
baby if not breastfeeding. Start a
Experience? progestin-only pill 6 weeks after delivery
Control Pill? if you are breastfeeding.
• Weight gain
• Start taking your pills according to one
of the methods described in the package
• Missed periods or spotting between insert.
periods for the first 3 months. If
You take the Birth Control Pill (BCP) every day • Take your pill at the same time daily.
this continues, see your doctor
so you won't get pregnant. It contains
• Leg cramps • Check your pack of pills every morning
hormones which are like your natural hormones. to make sure you took your pill the day
It prevents the ovary from releasing an egg every • Mild depression or headaches, and
nausea and vomiting (during the • Mark your calendar to remind yourself
month so you don’t get pregnant. of the day you will begin a new pack of
first several months) pills.
Use a latex condom every time you have
Why Should I Use The Birth Control Pill? sex !
• It is simple and easy to use. Use a back -up method of birth control:
• When used correctly, the BCP is 98%
• During the first 7 days of pills;
effective in preventing pregnancy.
• It does not interrupt sex. You may feel sick to your • If you run out of pills;
stomach when you first start
• It can make your periods more regular and taking the pill. If it continues • If you forget to take pills for 2 days
prevent heavy bleeding and cramps. past the first 3 cycles, see your or more in a row; ask a doctor or
doctor/nurse. nurse if you can take emergency
• It may lessen your chance of getting cancer contraception (Plan B).
of the ovaries or womb, and PID, a serious How Do I Use The Birth Control Pill?
pelvic infection in women. • If you stop taking your pills;
• See a nurse or doctor to review your
medical history. Get a prescription • If you vomit within 2 hours of
and information about the drug. taking the pill, have severe diarrhea;
The BCP does not protect you from or,
• Read the information with your
getting a sexually transmitted
pack of BCP. • If you take other prescription drugs,
infection (STI), including HIV. such as antibiotics, and for 7 days
after you finish the antibiotics.