A pill taken every day to prevent pregnancy.
Prescription onlyMultiple hormones
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
The pill is one of the most popular forms of hormonal birth control. It's easy to get a prescription for and highly effective when used correctly.
of people using this method got pregnant in a year
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- Undetectable and won't get in the way of spontaneity.
- Might help with more regular lighter periods and fewer PMS symptoms.
- Women often use combination pills to control and limit how often they get their periods.
- You can choose between 21-day packs or 28-day packs depending on how well you remember to start a new pack of pills.
- Estrogen can help clear up acne.
- Oral contraceptives can help women reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Fertility typically returns 3-12 months after stopping the pill.
- There are many brands and types to choose from, which can be confusing.
- You have to remember to take the pill every day – and at the same time every day if it's the progestin-only pill.
- Combination pills should not be taken when breastfeeding as estrogen reduces milk production.
- Increased risk of blood clots for women who are obese, over 35, smoke, on prolonged bed rest, or have a history of blood clots.
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