The Side Effects, Effectiveness and an Overview of the Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are a daily prescription medication that prevents pregnancy. The pill is 99% effective against pregnancy if taken properly, but it does not protect against STDs. There are many things to consider when making the choice to go on birth control including type, side effects, and complications.

Information. Birth control pills are hormones that stop ovulation. If there is no ovulation then there is no egg for sperm to fertilize. The hormones also make the mucus on the cervix thicker and make it harder for the sperm to swim through. The pill is very effective, but it must be taken every day at the same time of day. If a pill is missed then you might get pregnant. Setting a phone alarm, using a reminder app or leaving your medication by your toothbrush will help you remember to take it every day. If you do happen to miss a pill be sure to use an additional form of birth control for the rest of the month to prevent pregnancy. In addition to prevention, the pill can help with other medical conditions. It can reduce cramps, lighten periods, prevent acne, lessen PMS, and prevent major medical issues like cysts in your breast or ovaries, bone thinning and infections in your reproductive organs.