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What is it?
The birth control pill is an oral contraceptive that prevents pregnancy. The pill is taken at the same time every day in a 21-28 day cycle. Usually, you take 21 “active” pills and 7 “placebo” or sugar pills in a month.

How does it work?
When taken regularly, the pill releases hormones that control the growth and release of eggs from your ovaries. It also alters the lining of your uterus making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg.

How effective is the Pill?
If you take the pill correctly, it is 97-99% effective in preventing pregnancy. If you miss two or more days, it is no longer effective and you should use alternative birth control methods. Birth control pills do not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases or infections.

Advantages of the Pill
· Highly effective
· Convenient
· Some types may improve acne
· Helps to regulate your menstrual cycle
· May help make your periods shorter with less cramping
· May help prevent ovarian and endometrial cancer

Disadvantages of the Pill
· Must be taken daily
· Can be expensive without medical drug coverage
· May cause nausea, vomiting or irregular bleeding
· May increase appetite
· May experience mood and weight changes
· No protection against STD’s

How can I get the Pill?
If you choose to use the pill as a form of contraception, you need to have a prescription from a health care provider. We recommend contacting your primary health care provider or locating a family planning center in your area.

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