According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pills are the most popular choice when it comes to birth control methods.

But despite its popularity, not many women know a lot about the pill, other than the fact that it helps prevent a pregnancy. Here are five things you should know.

1. Time It Right, Every Day
To reduce your chances of getting pregnant, you should take the pill every single day, preferably at the same time.

2. You Can Miss A Period While Taking The Pill, Even If You’re Not Pregnant
If you are regularly taking the pill each day, yet end up missing your period, do not panic yet. When you take the pill regularly over a period of time, the lining of your uterine becomes very thin. This means that if you are not bleeding, you probably don’t have anything to bleed from as your lining has become too thin. Once you stop taking the pills, your period will resume.

3. The Morning After Doesn’t Always Work
To prevent any pregnancy, you need to start taking the pill in a planned way—not just pop it the morning after. Take the first tablet within five days of your first period day.

4. It’s Good For Your Health, Too
You may complain of side effects while using the pill, but did you know that it can take care of medical conditions such as polycystic ovaries, acne and fertility issues?

5. Check The Combination
While it is true that taking the pill daily is effective, you need to know if it will interfere with any other medication you are on. Medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-fungal medicines and even some natural supplements may not work well with the pill. Tell your doctor the medications or supplements you are on to better assess the combination.

It’s easy to get and easy to use, and works in most cases as well. But before you start taking the pill, schedule an appointment with your doctor to make sure you are using it correctly.

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