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Birth control pills, rings and patches are birth control medications prescribed by your Oakdale ObGyn doctor, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner. They contain hormones and are taken or used everyday to prevent pregnancy.

There are name brand and generic options for birth control pills and they usually cost the same as any prescription co-pay.

Guidelines for Taking Birth Control Pills

  • Take your pills in order, one a day. Try to take your pills at the same time each day to keep the hormones at the same level.
  • Begin taking your pills on the Sunday following the first day of your menstrual period, even if you are still having your period. If you choose to begin on another day of the week, take your pills on the first day of your period.
  • Start each new pack on a Sunday. The last pill in each pack will be taken on a Saturday. If you start your pills on a different day than Sunday, you will always start a new pack on that same day.
  • When you start taking pills for the first time, use an additional method of protection – such as foam and condoms – until you have taken 1 month of pills.
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods is not unusual during the first 3 months, but call your provider if these symptoms persist or if you are bleeding very heavily. Keep a record of the days you have spotting or bleeding. Forgetting a pill or taking a pill late may cause spotting or bleeding – sometimes for the rest of the pack. If breakthrough bleeding persists for longer than 3 months, call to discuss a possible change in birth control pills.
  • If you forget to take your birth control pill, take it as soon as you remember it. Use foam and condoms for the remainder of the pack because a change in the hormone level could allow the ovaries to release an egg. If you forget your hormone pills two days in a row, take two pills each day for the next two days and use an additional method of protection – foam and condoms – for the remainder of the pack.
  • If you miss three hormone pills or more, you need to wait for your period and restart a new pill pack. Talk with your doctor, nurse midwife or nurse practitioner to receive instructions when this occurs. YOU ARE NOT PROTECTED FROM PREGNANCY. Use another form of birth control.

Patches & Rings

  • NuvaRing: this is a flexible plastic ring that contains hormones similar to the birth control pill and is inserted into the vagina once a month.
  • Ortho Evra Patch: this is a patch that contains hormones similar to the birth control pill and is replaced every week.

As with any medication, there are side effects when taking the pill.

Minor side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, skin discoloration or change in vaginal discharge. More serious symptoms include depression, anxiety, severe headaches, or progression of preexisting headaches.

Women should avoid smoking if they are using birth control pills.

Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

We’ll see you at our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

If you’re interested in using birth control pills, a patch or ring, make an appointment to talk with your provider. We’ll explore which options are best for you based on your medical history and lifestyle.

  • How do birth control pills work?
  • Are they effective in preventing pregnancy?
  • How long should I use birth control pills as my preferred method?
  • How do the pill, ring and patch differ?
Understanding Risks

As with any medication, there are side effects when taking the pill.

Minor side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, skin discoloration or change in vaginal discharge. More serious symptoms include depression, anxiety, severe headaches, or progression of preexisting headaches.

Women should avoid smoking if they are using birth control pills.

Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

Where We See You

We’ll see you at our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

What to Expect

If you’re interested in using birth control pills, a patch or ring, make an appointment to talk with your provider. We’ll explore which options are best for you based on your medical history and lifestyle.

Questions to Ask Your Provider
  • How do birth control pills work?
  • Are they effective in preventing pregnancy?
  • How long should I use birth control pills as my preferred method?
  • How do the pill, ring and patch differ?

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