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Birth Control Side Effects

Experiencing some spotting and breakthrough bleeding? Don’t worry. This is a common side effect of using birth control. Please keep in mind that it can take some time for your body to adjust to the change in hormones. Each person’s experience with birth control may be different. Check out the list of common side effects shown below.

Our medical team suggests sticking to any new birth control for 2 to 3 months before switching brands, unless you have intolerable side effects.

Common Side Effects

Some common side effects of combined hormonal birth control are as follows:

Pill: abdominal pain, acne, bloating, breakthrough bleeding, breast tenderness, contact lens intolerance, depression, headache, irregular bleeding, mood changes, nausea, vomiting, weight changes, and yeast infection

Ring: all of the side effects related to the pill as listed above, as well as possible vaginal irritation

Please see your primary care provider or reach out to one of our pharmacists for concerns about common side effects. Phone us at (772) 217–4557 M-F 8am to 8pm and Sat 11am to 4pm (ET). You may also text us at 44872 to discuss common side effects.

Important: If you seek medical attention for any side effects, please let us know, so we can add this information to your health history.

Serious Side Effects

Although rare, serious side effects may occur. If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately go to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911.

Remember the acronym ACHESS

A bdominal pain—severe, upper right side

C hest or severe arm pain, shortness of breath

H eadache—severe, not relieved with over-the-counter oral pain reliever

E ye problems or blurry vision

S welling/redness, severe leg pain

S uicidal thoughts or wanting to harm yourself or others

Call the National Suicide Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 for free and confidential support, 24/7.

IMPORTANT: Note that shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, facial swelling, hives/rash, etc. may be anaphylaxis or a severe allergic reaction. If you experience any of these symptoms, please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.


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