What is it?
The Pill is a hormonal method, which means
it alters your body’s hormonal cycle to
The pills are made up of synthetic (man
made) hormones and must be taken daily at
the same time.
How Effective Is It?
If used perfectly: 99.7%
When you factor in human error: 92%
That means out of 100 couples that use only
the pill, in 1 year, 8 would get pregnant.
They offer NO PROTECTION AGAINST
How Does It Work?
The pill works by preventing a woman’s
ovaries from releasing an egg each month.
It also thickens the cervical mucus, helping
to keep sperm out of the uterus. Finally, it
causes the lining of the uterus to be thinner,
which inhibits implantation.
The pill can decrease your cramping and
menstrual flow, and improve acne.
If it is used correctly and consistently, it can
be very effective against pregnancy.
The pill must be taken at the SAME TIME
It offers NO STD PROTECTION.
Some medications can decrease the
effectiveness of the pill, requiring the couple
to use a back up method, such as a
The pill can cause weight change, mood
change, breast tenderness, headaches,
nausea, blood clots, heart attack or stroke.
Pills made only of the hormone Progestin
can cause irregular periods.
Smoking while using the pill can increase