Birth Control Pill
- What is it?
- Are there different types?
- How does it work?
- How effective is it?
- How can I find out more?
The birth control pill is a pill, also known as oral contraception, that you take once a day, at the same time every day that releases artificial hormones.
- Necon 1/50
- Notrel 1/35
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen
- Seasonale Generic
- Few serious problems for young women.
- Simple and easy to use.
- Does not interfere with sex.
- Less cramping and bleeding during your period.
- Less chance of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) with the pill.
- Less chance of ovarian or endometrial cancer with the pill.
- Some pills can reduce the number of periods you have in a year, or eliminate all periods.
- Very small chance of blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
- May cause high blood pressure.
- May cause weight changes, spotting, and moodiness.
- Not ideal to be used while breastfeeding.
- May not be a good method for women over the age of 35 who also smoke.
- Does not provide protection from HIV/STDs.
To find out more about the birth control pill, please call the Scotland County Health Department at (910) 277-2440 to talk with a healthcare professional and to make an appointment.