Birth Control | PillsPills

Pills, also known as “oral contraception” are hormones in the form of medication. A pill is swallowed daily to prevent pregnancy. There are two types: pills that contain both estrogen and progestin and pills that only contain progestin. Pills work best when taken at the same time, every day. Pills release these hormones into the bloodstream to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. They also thicken the cervical mucus, which stops the sperm from joining with the egg.




93% typical use

Greater than 99% effective when used perfectly

Things you may like about pills:

  • Regulate menstrual cycle
  • Eases PMS symptoms such as bleeding, cramping, etc.
  • Could decrease acne
  • Reduces the risk of ovarian/endometrial cancer
  • Decreases risk of benign breast tumors and incidence of ovarian cysts
  • Many different options are available

Things you may dislike about pills:

  • Antibiotics may reduce effectiveness
  • Potential side-effects include:
    • Changes in your period including spotting
    • Breast tenderness
    • Nausea
    • Headaches
    • Increase in acne
    • Vaginal infections
    • Irritation
    • Discharge
    • Depression (rare)
    • Cardiovascular changes (rare)
  • Have to remember daily


A pack of pills cost $24 at MyAlly Health, however this method may be free or low cost for you. Ask about our sliding-fee-scale.

Can cost $113+ at other clinics.

*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate. Additional or different services may be ordered by the provider that may not be included in this price.

Does it protect against STIs?

No. Pills do not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.

Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.