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Birth control pills are also known as oral contraceptives (OCs) or, simply, “the pill.” They offer protection against pregnancy by blocking the union of sperm and egg, thereby prevent"...




Serious ill effects have not been reported following acute ingestion of large doses of oral contraceptives by young children. Overdosage may cause nausea, and withdrawal bleeding may occur in females.

Effects on menses:
Effects related to inhibition of ovulation:
Effects from long-term use:


Oral contraceptives should not be used in women who currently have the following conditions:

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 9/25/2007


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