How effective is birth control?


How effective is the pill? 

If properly used, the oral contraceptive is 99% effective. However oral pills can be easy to forget. When pills are missed, oral contraceptives are the only about 91% effective. On average, 9 out of 100 birth control users get pregnant each year because of the missusage of the pill. If you are on an oral contraceptive, or are considering using one, and are worried about forgetting to take it at the same time every day, we recommend using reminders such as phone calendar notes, alarms or hand written reminders. This can help ensure you are taking it accordingly. 

What can lower the effectiveness of birth control oral contraceptives? 
Not taking oral contraceptives on a daily basis can lower its effectiveness. Other things such as vomiting, or having diarrhea for more than 2 days can also lower the effectiveness of preventing a pregnancy. There are also certain medications that can cause the effectiveness of the pill to diminish, such as certain HIV medicines, anti-seizure medicines, and some antibiotics. 
What are some side effects of Oral Birth Control? 
Some side effects of oral birth control consist of nausea, vomiting, weight gain, skin discoloration, acne, bleeding between periods, mood swings, and changes in menstrual flow.
Should I take an oral contraceptive?
There are some contraceptives that have less side effects than others.There are also other forms of birth control that may be more effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies than oral contraceptives. That is why it is vital to choose one that works best for you. At Garden OB/GYN, our providers are experts in contraceptives and can help you select the birth control method that is appropriate for your lifestyle, body and family planning goals. 

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