The pill is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.
How is it used?
The pill is swallowed every day at the same time. Each pill only has 24 hours worth of hormonal protection, so it’s important to take each pill at the same time each day.
How well does it work?
With typical use the pill is 92% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the pill can be up to 99.7% effective. The pill does not prevent against any STIs!
Where can someone get it?
It requires a prescription from a medical provider. There are many types of the pill so it’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure you are getting the right pill for your body.
If you are thinking about starting the pill or another birth control method, it’s important to visit with a doctor or come to Teen Clinic. Ask us an anonymous question online or call us to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.