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Birth Control Pills

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with birth control pills. However, not all women who use them will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate them quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Birth Control Pills to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Birth control pills can interact with a number of other medications (see Birth Control Pill Drug Interactions).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Birth Control Pills?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using birth control pills if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Birth Control Pill Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take this form of contraceptive.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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