Hormonal contraceptives are medicines (with hormones in it)that decrease your risk of getting pregnant. This can be in the many forms: a pill, a patch, a ring inside the vagina, implants under the skin, or an intrauterine device.
Most women do not have serious side effects. If symptoms are mild, I suggest hanging-in-there for the first three months–as most will go away. You may feel
- sore breasts,
- decreased sex drive,
- irregular periods,
- or weight gain.
The best way to decrease the side effects is to take your medicine as prescribed: if it is a pill, take it every day at the same time or day. If you are using a patch or a ring, be sure to follow the doctor’s schedule. This will help decrease the hormonal variations in the body which should decrease your adverse symptoms.
And, as always, a condom helps decrease risk of infection and an unplanned pregnancy.
Hope this helps.