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					                                                    Facts About
 COMBINED BIRTH CONTROL PILLS (“THE PILL”)




What is                                    them the right way. They do          good time to take your pill is
                                                                                when you go to bed or when
                                           not work if you do not follow
The Combined Pill?                         the directions your doctor or        you brush your teeth.
                                           nurse gives you.
The combined pill is a birth                                                    You will need to keep
control medicine that you take
by mouth that contains two                 How do you take birth                taking pills all the time.
types of hormones: estrogen                                                     Start taking a new package
and progestin.
                                           control pills?                       of pills the very next day after
                                           Swallow one pill each day.           you finish a package. Each
                                           This must be done at about           pack has 28 pills. The last
                                           the same time each day so            seven pills do not have any
                                           the same amount of medicine          medicine (hormones) in them.
                                           (hormones) is in your body
                                                                                They are put in the pill pack to
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                                           at all times. The best way to
                                           do this is to take your pill at      keep you in the habit of taking
                                   Start   the same time each day you           a pill every day. If you change
                                           normally do something else. A        your mind about taking pills,
                                                                                keep taking them until you talk
How do pills work?                          TO BEGIN TAKING THE PILL…           to your doctor or nurse and
Combined pills work by                                                          they tell you to stop.
                                                IF YOUR         TAKE
releasing female hormones in                     PERIOD       YOUR FIRST
your body.                                     BEGINS ON:      PILL ON:
                                                                Sunday
                                                                                What if I forget to take
They may:
                                                Sunday        (same day)        the pill?
• Keep the body from                           Any other     The following      If you forget to take a pill, take
releasing an egg that could be                   day           Sunday           it as soon as you remember
fertilized by a man’s sperm;                                                    it, even if it is the next day or
                                               I should begin taking pills      night. Then, take the next pill
• Cause changes to the                       on:______________________
cervical mucus making it more                                                   at the time you would
difficult for sperm to enter the            START PILLS
                                                              PERIOD STARTED    normally take it. In case an
uterus; or                                                                      egg was released, use a latex
• Keep the fertilized egg from
                                                          MARCH
                                              SUN MON TUE WED THU   FRI   SAT
                                                                                condom each time you have
attaching to the uterus                               1 2 3 4 5
                                                                                sex until your next period. If
                                                6 7 8 9 10 11 12                you miss more than two pills,
                                                                                call your doctor, nurse or clinic
How well do pills work?                        13 14 15 16 17 18 19
                                               20 21 22 23 24 25 26             to find out what to do.
Combined pills work 99                         27 28 29 30 31
percent of the time, if you take
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 MED FP - 07.10                                                                           ADPH-FHS-262 07.10.ch
                  Facts About Combined Birth Control Pills (“The Pill”)
Why are pills a good choice for me?                    How do I know if I have a serious
Pills are easy to use. When you take them the          problem from taking combined pills?
right way, they work very well. Pills often cause      If you have any of these warning signs, call
your periods to be shorter, lighter and more           your doctor, nurse or clinic right away:
regular, with less cramping. Pills also decrease       Other problems you can have are breast
a woman’s risk for ovarian and endometrial             lumps, a sad feeling or yellowing of your eyes
cancer.                                                or skin. Very few women have these problems.

Is there anyone who should not take                    When you take birth control pills, there
birth control pills?                                   are a few things you need to do:
Most women take pills without having any pro-          • IF YOU GET SICK, TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE YOU
blems. You should not take birth control pills if:       ARE TAKING BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.
                                                       • IF YOU TAKE ANTIBIOTICS, HAVE DIARRHEA OR GET
1. YOU ARE PREGNANT OR THINK YOU MIGHT BE.               SICK TO YOUR STOMACH, KEEP TAKING YOUR PILLS
                                                           BUT USE A LATEX CONDOM EACH TIME YOU HAVE
2. YOU HAVE A PAIN IN YOUR CHEST OR YOUR                      SEX UNTIL YOUR NEXT PERIOD.
   EYEBALLS LOOK YELLOW.

3. YOU HAVE BLEEDING FROM YOUR VAGINA
                                                                 Where can I get combined pills?
   AND DON’T KNOW WHY.                                             You can get pills or a prescription
4. YOU HAVE EVER HAD A HEART ATTACK,                               for pills at the health department, a
   STROKE OR BLOOD CLOTS.                                           family planning clinic or a doctor’s
                                                                    office.
5. YOU HAVE EVER HAD LIVER TUMORS
   OR CANCER.
                                                                   Can I breastfeed while taking
                                                                  combined birth control pills?
                                                                 A combined pill is not recommended
Will I have problems if I                                      to be used when you breastfeed. You
take pills?                                                 should use a different type pill called a
Most women do not have problems when they              progestin-only pill or mini-pill. This pill has no
take combined pills. You do have to remember           affect on your breastmilk. Talk to your health-
to take them everyday. You may have nausea             care provider about this pill if you plan to
or other minor symptoms during the first few           breastfeed your baby.
packs. Serious complications such as blood
clots may occur but are rare. If you have a
problem, you may just need a different kind of
                                                                  REMEMBER:
pill. Talk to your healthcare worker if problems          Pills will not keep you from getting
occur.                                                         AIDS or any other disease
• BAD PAIN IN YOUR ARMS OR LEGS OR YOU LOSE                you can get when you have sex.
  FEELING.                                              To protect yourself, use a latex condom
• HEADACHES, DIZZINESS OR FAINTING.                             each time you have sex.
• EYE PROBLEMS (IF YOU SEE FLASHING LIGHTS, HAVE
  FUZZY VISION OR SUDDENLY CAN’T SEE).                       DOCTOR / CLINIC PHONE NUMBER:
• PAIN IN YOUR STOMACH OR BELLY, OR IF YOU GET
  VERY SICK TO YOUR STOMACH ALL OF A SUDDEN.
              This publication was made possible by a federal Title X Family Planning Grant.
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