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Week 17-How long is it safe to be on the pill?

December 19, 2008

To receive the weekly question per text, text FACTS to 90999.

The pill is one of the world’s most researched and prescribed medications.  It is both a safe and effective method of birth control for most women.

There is no specific number of years that a woman can take birth control pills. You can take them as long as you need birth control if you don’t have a blood clotting disorder or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

A woman should not use the pill if she is over 35 and is a smoker, has an increased risk of heart disease.

A periodic review of your health and contraceptive needs is advisable.  There are other, equally reliable methods, should you need to exercise other options.

If a woman has no contraindications the pill,  it can be used through menopause.

To explore your full array of birth control options, please contact your nearest Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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