Starting on oral contraceptives brings on the added responsibility of remembering when to take that tiny pill every day. The pill works by adding synthetic hormones to a woman’s natural estrogen cycle to stop ovulation. If those hormone levels are interrupted by missing a pill or two, it can trigger an early period or even leave you at risk for pregnancy.
So make taking your pill a routine, take it at the same time of day like when you first wake up. You can also link it to an existing routine, by setting it next to your toothbrush or anything else you use daily. And remember those last inactive pills are there to keep you on routine, so don’t skip out on them. In many cases, you can easily catch up if a pill, or even two, accidentally falls down the drain. But if you miss a period, do take a pregnancy test.
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Video 1: Birth Control: Overview
Video 2: Birth Control: Hormonal Methods
Video 3: Birth Control: Barrier Methods
Video 4: Birth Control: Emergency
Video 5: Birth Control: Surgical Methods
Video 6: Birth Control Myths
Video 7: Remember the Pill
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