Oral Contraception (Birth Control Pills)
- Loestrin-Fe 1/20
- Loestrin-Fe 1.5/30
- Desogen - Generic
- Ortho Tricylen - Generic
- Alesse - Generic
- Ortho-Micronor - Generic
(Birth Control Prices)
You may have:
- Decreased menstrual cramps and bleeding
- Less risk of developing ovarian and/or endometrial cancer, benign breast tumors, and ovarian cysts
- Predictable menstrual cycle
- Decrease in acne
You may have:
- Spotting between periods
- Very light or missed periods
- Increased or lessened vaginal fluids
- Breast tenderness
- High blood pressure
- Darkening of skin on the face
- Depression / Mood swings
- Weight increase or decrease
- Blood clots to the legs or lungs
- Strokes or heart attack
- Gallbladder disease or stones
- Rare liver tumors or conditions
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Delay in resuming menstrual period after stopping the birth control pill
Certain medical conditions may make birth control pill use unwise. If you have or have had any of the following conditions please inform your health care provider.
These medical concerns include blood clotting disorders, impaired liver function, history of heart attack or stroke, pregnancy, uncontrolled high blood pressure, smoking, upcoming major surgery with prolonged immobilization, abnormal vaginal bleeding with undetermined cause, known or suspected cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries, or migraine headaches such as weakness or loss of sensation on one side of the body.
If you are taking birth control pills and have any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider or come to Student Health Service:
- Severe Abdominal Pain
- Severe Chest Pain
- Severe Headaches (sudden onset)
- Blurred vision or loss of vision
- Severe leg pain (sudden or progressive)
Stopping the Pill
You may stop using the Pill at any time. You should have three regular periods before attempting to become pregnant. If your periods were irregular, very heavy, and/or painful prior to taking the Pill, they may return to this pattern when you discontinue them.
Certain medications and illnesses may reduce the effectiveness of the Pill, so you should use a back up method of birth control during these times.
BIRTH CONTROL PILLS OFFER NO PROTECTION AGAINST SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STI) INCLUDING HIV/AIDS, HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS, AND HPV. A LATEX CONDOM IS REQUIRED FOR MORE PROTECTION AGAINST PREGNANCY AND STIs.
Page content reviewed: 06/04/2018 fwg