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Birth control isn't one-size-fits-all.

There are over XX different kinds of birth control pills. Planned Parenthood providers are birth control specialists. They can help you choose the safest, most effective method that fits your lifestyle. To schedule, call 888.251.8192, or find a clinic near you to book online.

Planned Parenthood accepts insurance.

We're always in-network, and many of our services, like birth control and annual exams, are available without co-pay or deductible. If you're uninsured or concerned about affording a high deductible, you may qualify for no-cost birth control

How does the birth control pill work?

The hormones in the pill stop ovulation. No ovulation means there’s no egg for sperm to fertilize, so pregnancy can’t happen. The pill’s hormones also thicken the mucus on the cervix. This makes it hard for the sperm to swim to an egg.

How effective is the pill?

If you take the pill every single day, it’s great at preventing pregnancy. When used perfectly, the pill is 99% effective. But when it comes to real life, the pill is about 91% effective because it can be hard to be perfect. So in reality, 9 out of 100 pill users get pregnant each year.

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Is the pill safe?

Most people can take the pill with no problems. It’s been around for more than 50 years, and millions of people have used it safely. 

Like any medications, the pill isn’t for everyone. In some cases, using the combination pill can slightly increase your risk of health problems. For the most part, progestin-only pills (aka mini pills) don’t have these risks.

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What are the side effects of the pill?

One of the most important things to keep in mind when starting the birth control pill is that most side effects usually go away in 2-3 months. Some people have headaches, nausea, sore breasts, or spotting (light bleeding) between periods after starting the pill.

If you still don’t like the way the pill makes you feel after a few months, talk with your nurse or doctor. They may suggest another brand or birth control method. Some people try a few different types of pills or methods before finding the right one for them.

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What are the benefits of the pill?

The pill is easy to get. You can even have an online visit with a Planned Parenthood provider and get your birth control mailed right to your door -- no physical exam required.

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)

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What are the disadvantages of the pill?

Remembering to take a pill every day can be hard. Using reminder apps, setting an alarm, or keeping your pill pack next to things you use every day (like your toothbrush or phone charger) can help you remember to take your pill.

Like most medications, birth control pills can have side effects. Most usually go away after two or three months. Many people use the pill with no problems at all.

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Does the pill prevent STDs?

Nope. The pill won't protect you from STDs. Luckily, using condoms or female condoms every time you have sex does lower your chances of getting or spreading STDs. So using condoms with the birth control pill is the best way to prevent infections.

Birth control methods are changing and improving all the time.

If you're not happy with your current birth control, you may like another brand or method better. Our expert providers will help you decide which option is best for you.

Which birth control method is right for me?

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With or without insurance, we're here to provide you with expert sexual and reproductive health care. If you're concerned about the cost of care, we can help you determine if you qualify for reduced-cost or no-cost services.

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Our providers have the same training as primary care providers, plus specialized education in sexual and reproductive health. As specialists in this field of medicine, we offer a level of non-judgemental care that's hard to find anywhere else. We've been helping people of all ages for generations. We can help you, too.

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