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Side Effects of Hormonal Birth Control

Side effects you may experience while using a hormonal birth control are:
  • Nausea.
  • Bloating.
  • Changes in appetite and moods.
  • Headaches.
  • Breast tenderness.
  • Spotting.
  • Skin irritation (when using the contraceptive patch).
If the side effects last longer than 3 cycles or worry you, call your doctor or the Sexual Health Clinic.
Contact your doctor or go to your local Emergency Room if you experience any of these symptoms:
AAbdominal Pain
CChest pain (shortness of breath)
HHeadaches (severe)
E – Eye Problems (blurred or loss of vision)
SSevere Leg Pain.
Do NOT ignore these problems.
Hormonal birth control and STIs
The hormonal birth control protects against pregnancy, not STIs or HIV/AIDS. It is best to always use a condom when having sex even if you are using birth control. Free condoms are available through the Northwestern Health Unit.

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