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Can you use a birth control pill that your friend has but is no longer using?

No. If you’re interested in using the pill, it is best to get your own prescription from a health care provider.

The pill is a form of prescription birth control. A health care provider needs to perform an evaluation in order to determine what kind of pill to prescribe so that it can be as effective as possible. There are different types for different women. Each contains different kinds and amounts of hormones. The type prescribed for your friend may not be the kind that you should use. Only a health care provider can know for sure if a certain kind of hormonal birth control could have adverse effects on a specific patient.

Also, if a pill has not been stored properly or is very old, it may not be effective.

If you’re interested in going on the pill, talk with your health care provider, or make an appointment at the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you.

Tags: birth control, the pill