The many sides of side effects
Most people take birth control because they want to avoid getting pregnant. As many of us find out after starting the pill, the shot or getting a device inserted, avoiding pregnancy is not all that happens! There are other shifts in the body that take place when you try something new.
How to view these side effects is in the eye of the beholder. Some birth control types stop your periods entirely, which might be a relief for some white-jeans wearers, but for others no period could feel less reassuring.
So what side effects are most common when it comes to birth control? And what should we know about when to consult a doctor?
To chat about this, we’re joined by Dr. Gabriela Aguilar. She’s a fellow in Complex Family Planning and a clinical instructor at Yale University in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
"The side effect of not having periods is highly desired by some people. It’s not for others."
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