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The birth control pill is a safe, simple, and convenient way to prevent pregnancy. It also has other benefits like reducing acne, making your periods regular, and easing menstrual cramps.

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The pill is an effective way to prevent pregnancy.

If you follow the instructions and use the birth control pill the right way, it gives you great protection against pregnancy.

Take a pill every day, and start your new packs on time. That’s it. But missing or forgetting pills makes it not work as well.

You can also use condoms with birth control pills to get maximum pregnancy protection. Bonus: condoms also protect you against STDs.

The pill has health benefits.

Side effects aren’t always a bad thing, and birth control pills aren’t just for birth control. The pill has many perks besides pregnancy prevention.

Both combination and progestin-only pills reduce menstrual cramps, lighten periods, and lower your risk of ectopic pregnancy.

The combination pill can also reduce or help prevent:

  • acne

  • bone thinning

  • cysts in the breasts and ovaries

  • endometrial and ovarian cancers

  • serious infections in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus

  • iron deficiency (anemia)

  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

The pill makes your period a breeze.

Lots of people like the pill because it makes their periods regular and easy to predict. The hormones in the pill can also reduce menstrual cramps and make your period lighter.

You can also use the pill to stop your period altogether, which is totally convenient for people who just don’t want to deal with Aunt Flo every month.

You can get pregnant right away when you stop taking the pill.

Many people on the pill want to have kids when the time is right. One of the great things about the birth control pill is you can get pregnant right after you stop taking it.

After you stop taking the pill, it can take a few months for your periods to return to the cycle you had before you started using it. Once in a while, people have irregular periods or no periods at all for a few months. This is more likely if your periods were irregular before you started taking the pill.

Whether or not you get your period, if you stop taking the pill, it’s possible to get pregnant. So if you’re going off the pill but still want to prevent pregnancy, start using another birth control method right away.

The pill is convenient.

Taking the birth control pill is easy, but remembering to take it every day can be hard. Luckily, pill packs are small — about the size of a compact mirror — so you can carry your pills with you wherever you go.

The pill is birth control you don’t have to use during sex, so it won’t interfere with the action. If you take the pill correctly, you’re protected from pregnancy all day, every day. Many people say the pill makes their sex lives better because they don’t have to interrupt sex or worry about pregnancy.

You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get birth control pills. But you may be able to pick up many packs at once or have them mailed to you. Depending on where you live, you can even get birth control pills online.

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The Pill

  • 91% effective

  • Costs up to $50, but can be $0

  • Prescription required

  • Take once a day

The pill doesn’t protect you from  STDs. Use a condom with your pill to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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