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Birth Control Pill Instructions

If you experience any of these symptoms, do not ignore them! You need to call your physician immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. Women who smoke are at a greater risk of experiencing one of the above symptoms. If you choose to take pills as your method of birth control, you should not smoke.

What to do if...

I have bleeding or spotting between my periods?
This condition is called breakthrough bleeding. It is not serious and might occur while you are taking your first few package of pills.

I feel nauseated after taking my pills?
Sometimes people experience nausea if they take pills on an empty stomach. You might want to change your schedule to take your pill with a meal or to eat a snack when you take your pill.

I miss a period?
If you have taken a pill at the same time every day and you miss a period, DO NOT WORRY. This might happen from time to time. However, if you have not taken your pills at the same time each day or if you miss TWO periods, call to make arrangements for a pregnancy test and pelvic examination.

I miss two pills in a row during the first two weeks?
Take two pills on the day you remember, and take two pills again the next day. Then take one pill per day until the pack is finished. Use a backup method of contraception (preferable condoms plus foam) until the package is finished.