Birth control pills contain hormones that help prevent pregnancy. The hormones stop the ovaries from releasing a mature egg. The pills are prescribed by your healthcare provider. There are many types of birth control pills available. If you have side effects from one type of pill, tell your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to prescribe a pill that works better for you.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the effectiveness of this birth control method.
Take one pill daily. Take it at around the same time each day.
Follow your healthcare provider's guidelines on when to start your first pack of pills. You may need to use another form of birth control for a week or more after you start.
Know what to do if you forget to take a pill. (Consult your healthcare provider or check the package.) If you miss more than one pill, you may need to use a backup method of birth control for a week or more.
Low pregnancy rate.
No interruption to sex.
Easy to use.
Can help make periods more regular.
May lower your risk of ovarian cysts and certain cancers.
May decrease menstrual cramps, menstrual flow, and acne.
Does not protect against sexually transmitted disease (STDs).
Requires taking a pill on time each day.
May not work as well when taken with certain other medications. Check with your pharmacist.
May cause side effects such as nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness, fatigue, or mood changes. (These often go away within 3 months.)
May increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke.
You are a smoker and over age 35.
You have hypertension or gallbladder, liver, or heart disease.
You have diabetes, migraines, bleeding, or vein problems. (In these cases, discuss the risks with your doctor.)
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Dr. Marsha Bornt started seeing me when I was in my early twenties (20 years ago). After seeing many doctors, she was the 1st doctor to diagnose me with endometriosis. I went on to have many laparoscopies with her over the years. In my thirties I moved about 45-50 min away from Apple Hill, so I ended up seeing another doctor who performed another laparoscopy...
Staff was very friendly and professional. I had a few questions that the doctor was more than happy to answer for me. I got all that needed to be done in a very timely manner. I was very pleased with my visit. Trying to find a parking spot was very frustrating though. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
I am always glad to meet with Dr. Bornt. She is very pleasant and makes sure she has answered all your questions or concerns. She is very thorough in her approach about your medical history . . .wants only the best for you as her patient.