Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptives come in different forms, including pills, patches, vaginal rings, and injections.

Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptives are a type of medication that is used to prevent pregnancy. They are also called birth control pills. Oral contraceptives are taken by mouth and work mainly by stopping ovulation.

Q. What are the other types of contraceptives?

  • vaginal ring
  • female condom
  • contraceptive patch
  • male condom
  • natural family planning
  • oral contraceptive pills
  • injectables
  • UID
  • hormonal ring
  • surgical sterilization
  • implant
  • coitus interruptus
  • diaphragm

Q. What side effects can occur while being on contraceptives?

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps or bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gingivitis
  • increased or decreased appetite
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • brown or black skin patches
  • acne
  • hair growth in unusual places
  • bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
  • changes in menstrual flow
  • painful or missed periods
  • breast tenderness, enlargement, discharge
  • swelling, redness, irritation, burning or itching of the vagina
  • white vaginal discharge

Q. Who should not take oral contraceptives?

  • you have had a stroke or heart attack
  • you have had blood clots
  • you have had chest pain
  • you have had breast cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • you have active liver disease
  • you are having abnormal bleeding from the uterus without a known cause
  • you are pregnant or think you may be

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