The Pill

By Libby Callahan and Emmi Albert TB: 2

What is the Pill?

The Pill is a daily pill that contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevents pregnancy.

How does the pill work?

They contain a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman doesn't get pregnant if there is no egg to fertilize. Also makes the mucus around the cervix thicker so the sperm has a hard time entering.

How well does the pill work?

The usefulness of the pill depends on whether or not you take your pills daily. Only 8 out of 100 people who rely on the pill get pregnant. Missing even 1 day increases your chance of getting pregnant. Also depends on other things such as health conditions and other medications or herbal supplements that might interfere with the use.

What does the pill protect against?

The Pill protects against pregnancy but it does not protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases. It is found to protect against some forms of breast diseases, anemia, ovarian cysts, and ovarian and endometrial cancers.

What are the side effects of talking the pill?

Most young women have little top no side effects. Some side effects are

  • irregular menstrual bleeding
  • nausea, headaches, dizziness, and breast tenderness
  • mood changes
  • blood clots (rare in women under 35 who do not smoke)

Who uses the Pill?

Young women who can remember to take a daily pill can use the Pill. Some medical conditions make the pill more risky.

How do you get the Pill?

A doctor or nurse practitioner must prescribe it.

How much does the pill cost?

The Pill costs between $15- $50 a month depending on the type. Many brands and checkups are covered by insurance.

The Pill Overall

The Pill is a very effective contraceptive that is easy to take. One negative is that even forgetting to take one pill will increase your chance of getting pregnant. It is for women who can remember to take a daily pill. It is cheap and easy to use!