10 Things To Know Before Taking Birth Control Pills

Despite the fact that five years ago my birth control almost killed me, I am still super pro-pill. I now live the luxury that is life with an IUD, but a lot of women are not ready for one or are scared to get them. I understand that and getting an IUD was not the most pleasant experience I’ve ever had, but it was totally worth it. For me.

I took various birth control pills over the course of about seven years. The only one I had an issue with was Yaz because well, having a pulmonary embolism at eighteen kind of puts a damper on things. I don’t share that story to scare anyone, like Slate magazine thinks. I share it because it’s important to know what birth control pills can do to you. The fact is that Yaz’s high risks are terrifying and nearly ended my life. But I would never tell a woman not to go on birth control. Instead, I would tell every woman to be aware of the risks, to know that you are not invincible and to err on the side of caution when choosing a pill.

That said, if you’re thinking about going on the pill, here are 10 things you need to know:

 
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  • Anna

    Taking birth control lowered my sex drive a lot.

  • liz

    Just wanted to clear something up 🙂
    There is only one known antibiotic that lessens the effectiveness: rifampin. Otherwise, it can only be affected by the antibiotics if the antibiotics cause issues that will make less of the pill absorbed (ie. diarrhea).
    Also normal to not get your period in the placebo pills but once you’re back on the active, especially depending on the pill. The hormones (unless you are on the mini pill) stay in your body over 24 hours.
    For most pills, they are effective in 7 days for the prevention of pregnancy (assuming you’re taking them correctly). Just read the package insert with your brand.