Getting Started

You may be instructed to take your pills according to one of the following schedules:

Take one pill a day, in order, until you finish the pack.

Then begin a new pack the next day without skipping days between packs.

Try to find a time of day that is convenient for you to remember to take your pills the same time, all 7 days of the week. Even though your weekday and weekend schedules are probably different, your pill time should not vary. Set your cell phone or alarm clock if you need a reminder.

Back-up Method

You should use a back-up method of birth control, such as condoms, with your first pack of pills. Keep this back-up method on hand in case you:

Common Side Effects

The first 3-4 months of taking birth control pills is an adjustment period.

During this time you may experience bleeding between your periods (breakthrough bleeding), breast tenderness, and/or nausea. If your breasts are uncomfortable, take whatever over-the-counter medication you would usually take to relieve a headache.

These are generally inconvenient problems and are not serious. Take your pills on time and take them with food. If you are concerned, don’t hesitate to call. 407 898-1500 ext 13 and ask to speak to the nurse.

Medication Interactions

There are some medications that alter the metabolism of birth control pills, making them less effective. The most common are:

You should use a back-up method, like condoms, when taking these medications and for 7 days following their discontinuation. Always tell your health care provider any medications, herbal remedies, and/or over-the-counter products you may be taking. If you are having surgery, let your physician know you are taking birth control pills.

Remember: Birth control pills are medication. Let your provider know you are taking them!


The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has concluded there is no increase in birth defects if you become pregnant while taking birth control pills.

If you decide you want to become pregnant, stop taking the pill at the end of a pack and use another reliable method of birth control for 2-3 consecutive months. This will insure the re-establishment of a normal menstrual pattern, making the date of delivery more accurate to calculate.

Important Information

Birth control pills do not protect you from becoming infected with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

If you are having intercourse, use a male or female condom every time to reduce your risk of exposure to infections.

It is extremely dangerous to smoke while taking any hormonal method of birth control (Birth control pills, the Patch, the Ring). The risk of heart attack or stroke is greatly increased at any age. Your provider may limit your supply of pills while monitoring your blood pressure and your progress of quitting smoking.

Remember the Danger Signs of taking hormonal contraceptives include:

If you develop any of the above mentioned danger signs you will need to be seen again. Please contact our office immediately to schedule a follow-up visit. If you call our office after hours, please do not hesitate to leave a message for Dr. Barry on extension 15.