Using Birth Control Pills, a Patch or a Vaginal Ring
Birth control pills, a birth control patch and a vaginal birth control ring all require a prescription before they can be administered to you.
There are many different forms of birth control pills, from a 21-day subscription to a 365-day subscription, that work for you and your lifestyle.
Side effects of using birth control pills include nausea, headache, breast tenderness, and breakthrough bleeding, a temporary side effect that occurs from a change in hormone levels.
A contraceptive skin patch is worn on the buttocks, chest (except the breasts), abdomen, upper back or arm. A patch is applied once a week for three weeks. On the fourth week, you’ll have your period.
To remain a form of continuous-dose birth control, a new patch will need to applied every week on the same day without skipping.
Breast tenderness, skin irritation, headache and breakthrough bleeding are side effects of using a contraceptive birth control patch.
A vaginal ring is inserted by you into your vagina to control pregnancy. The ring remains in the vagina for 21 days, after which you will remove it and wait 7 days before inserting a new ring.
Do not skip a week if you plan to use your vaginal ring as a form of continuous-dose birth control.
Side effects of vaginal rings include: