Birth Control Pills as a Form of Birth Control - Planned Parenthood

Birth control pills, also known as the pill, are a form of oral contraception taken daily that contain hormones to help prevent pregnancy. Birth control pills keep a woman's body from releasing eggs -- ovulation. Birth control pills also thicken a women's cervical mucus to prevent pregnancy. The mucus blocks sperm and keeps it from joining with an egg.

This form of contraception does not prevent against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), so please use a condom in addition to the birth control pills if this is a concern for you and your partner.

To learn more about birth control pills, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center at or our website at

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Are you looking for a birth control method with a long history of helping women prevent pregnancy. The pill is the most common form of reversible birth control in the United States. It's a safe, easy to take, daily medication that has been around for more than forty (40) years. Just one a day, and the pill has got you covered. Fewer than one (1) in one hundred (100) women will get pregnant each year if they take the pill everyday as directed. And if you occasionally miss a pill, your chance of getting pregnant is still pretty slim. Only about eight (8) out of one hundred (100) women who are on the pill but forget to take it every day will get pregnant in a year. Not bad.

Not only is the pill great at preventing pregnancy, some women take it to make their periods lighter and easier to deal with. You can even use the pill to decide when or if you'll have a period.

How does it work? Well, it's a hormonal contraceptive. That means it has hormones that prevent your body from releasing an egg. They also thicken the mucus of the cervix to make it harder for sperm to enter the uterus. The pill doesn't provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms if you're concerned about preventing STDs. Like other medications, the pill may have some side effects and it's only available with a prescription.

If you're interested in learning about this method, check out the info on You can even find the nearest health center to set up an appointment.
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