Oral Contraceptives



  Oral contraceptive pills are an extremely effective form of birth 

   control. If used perfectly, only 1 out of 1,000 women will become   

   pregnant within a year.  They are available in two types: 


                             1)  combination oral contraceptive pills

                             2)  progestin-only pills



The majority of women take combination oral contraceptive pills (which contain both estrogen and progestin). These are more effective than the progestin-only pills. The progestin pills ("minipills") are helpful for women who are unable to take pills which contain estrogen.  



Frequently Asked Questions



I am interested in taking birth control pills. What should I do?



I already take birth control pills. Can I get refills from the Health and Wellness Center?



How does the pill work?



What are the advantages and disadvantages?



Who should not take oral contraceptive pills?



What are some of the side effects?



Are there any pill interactions?



How do I take the pill?



What if I miss a pill or two?



What brands of pills are offered at the Health and Wellness Center?



How much do the pills cost?



If I am prescribed birth control pills from the Student Health Center, how do I get refills?