What do I do if I forget to take a pill one day?
It depends on the type of pill you're taking. To figure out what to do, you should first read the packet of information that comes with each birth control packet. If you still don't know, you can call Teen Clinic or text us anonymously. You can also take this helpful quiz that Planned Parenthood offers.
What's the difference between combination and mini pills?
Combination pills have 2 hormones: estrogen and progestin. These are the most common type of birth control pill. As long as you take one pill every day, you’ll be protected from pregnancy.
Mini pill are Progestin-Only pills. These pills contain one kind of hormone (progestin) and don’t have any estrogen. You must take progestin-only pills within the same 3 hours every day to be protected from pregnancy.
What day should I start taking the pill?
You can start taking birth control pills as soon as you get them: any day of the week, and anytime during your menstrual cycle. But when you’ll be protected from pregnancy depends on when you start and the kind of pill you’re using (combination or mini pill). You'll need to use a backup birth control method (like condoms) for up to the first 7 days.
Talk to one of our providers about the best time for you to start taking the pill.
What is the process of getting on the pill? How much does it cost?
The first step is to make an appointment at Teen Clinic. During your appointment, the clinician will talk to you about your personal medical history as well as your family medical history. Then the two of you can discuss whether the pill is the best method for you. The clinician will then give you a prescription for the method you decide on.
If you are under 18, all of our services are free or donation-based. This means we will not charge you for our services, and donations are encouraged but not required! If you are 18 or 19, Teen Clinic will base the cost of your visit on your income. So it could be a very small fee.
Give us a call to make an appointment at 303-442-5160
Does the pill make you gain weight?
Everyone responds differently to hormonal birth control. Some people may gain weight while using hormonal birth control, while others may experience bloating or changes in body composition (the amount and distribution of body fat) which could make them feel like they’re gaining weight. There is not enough scientific evidence to say that hormonal contraceptives cause weight changes, but if they do, the change in weight is likely small.
If you'd like to read more, check out this helpful article.
If I keep skipping my period week by not taking the placebo pills, is that bad for my body?
Nope, it is totally safe to skip your placebo pills and start your next pack.
If I'm on the pill but I had sex without a condom last night, do I need to take Plan B?
If you're taking your pill at the same time every day, then no. You're over 99% protected from pregnancy even if your partner ejaculates inside you if your'e taking your pill at the same time every single day.
If you forget to take a combination pill one day, or if you're on the mini pill and you take it outside of the recommended two-hour window of time, you may want to take Plan B because your pill is less effective if not taken at the exact same time.
Finally, if you started taking the pill less than seven days ago and had unprotected sex, you should get Plan B because the hormones haven't started working effectively in your body yet.