It's pretty simple - First, fill out a short questionnaire to tell us about your health. Next, a provider will review your health information, ask more questions if necessary and prescribe the proper birth control.
Once you have determined the date of your last period (or a confirmed negative pregnancy test result), you can start birth control. You will start the first Sunday following your next cycle. You will need to use backup methods (like condoms) for an additional seven days.
It can take up to seven days, depending on the type of birth control you are on. Condoms are an excellent backup method during those seven days. You must take your birth control precisely as directed to prevent pregnancy. Birth control is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken as directed.
Birth control's common side effects include nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight changes, breakthrough spotting/bleeding, and mood changes. Typically these side effects are mild and subside within the first 2-3 months of starting birth control pills.
There can be more severe reactions/adverse effects to birth control. These include blood clots, stroke, and high blood pressure. It is important that you disclose your complete medical history to your medical provider so they can assess your risk before starting birth control.
While birth control methods are designed to prevent pregnancy, there is a slight chance you could become pregnant. You must use your birth control as directed to help prevent pregnancy. If you miss a dose, please reach out to your medical provider to determine what to do next. Birth control pills can also interact with other medications, which can decrease their effectiveness. Therefore it is essential to let your medical provider know if you are taking any other medicines.
No, that is not required to get a prescription for birth control. However, we ask that you share your complete medical history in the birth control questionnaire to help your medical provider choose the safest birth control option for you. We do recommend that you continue with routine in-person exams as directed by your physician.