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Side Effects Of Birth Control Pills


Birth control pills have systemic effects, and can change hormonal balances in the body. Although oral contraceptives are regarded as generally safe, they will often cause minor side-effects, and in rare instances, more serious side-effects.

Common Side Effects

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Melasma
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings

Rare but serious side-effects

  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Heart attacks
  • Gallstones
  • Thromboembolism
  • Retinal artery thrombosis
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Possible link with breast cancer


  • Men
  • History of coronary heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Late renal failure
  • Jaundice
  • Symptomatic heart valve disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Smokers


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