Birth Control Pills: Benefits, Effectiveness, Side Effects and More

Birth control pills: what you need to know

With plenty of birth control options available, it may be overwhelming and confusing to understand which one is suitable for you.

At Healthway Medical, we offer a variety of contraceptive methods to suit different needs. In this blog post, we will be explaining more about the birth control pill: its benefits, effectiveness, side effects, and more.

Benefits of birth control pills

Birth control pills do more than prevent pregnancy – there are other health benefits* of taking the pill:

  • Improve Acne
  • Regulate Periods
  • Reduce Menstrual Cramps
  • Manage Conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis

*Please note that not all birth control pills have the same type of additional benefits. Consult our doctor to learn which type of pills is most suitable for you.

How effective are birth control pills?

When consumed correctly, the contraceptive pill is 99% effective. However, if you are inconsistent with your daily intake, the pill will be less effective.

What are the side effects of the birth control pills?

Not all women experience side effects, but some of the common side effects of birth control pills include

  • headaches
  • tender breasts
  • nausea
  • changes in menstrual cycle spotting between period cycles

What is the difference between birth control pill and morning-after pill?

Must be taken daily to be effective.
To be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse.
When consumed daily, it is 99% effective.
If taken within 3 days after unprotected intercourse, it is about 75 to 89% effective.
Other than preventing pregnancy, it can be taken to regulate periods and reduce other menstrual symptoms such as severe cramps, heavy bleeding, and hormonal acne.
Can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if the contraception used has failed.

Will taking the birth control pill affect your chances of pregnancy in the future?

Birth control pills does not affect long-term fertility. If you trying to get pregnant in the future, you can stop taking the contraceptive pill.

You might be able to conceive immediately after you stop taking the pill. It may take a few months for your period to revert to the cycle that you had before you started taking the pill, but it is possible that you can get pregnant during that time.

Where can you purchase a birth control pill?

Visit your nearest Healthway Medical GP clinic for a private consultation with our doctor to determine a suitable birth control pill for you.