Should You REALLY Be Worried About All Those Birth Control Risks?

Hesitant to start birth control because of side effects? Or worried about long-term effects after years of use? This interview with physician experts gives you practical answers to some of those questions.

Remember there are many birth control options and your health care provider can help you find one that fits your needs.

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Before you panic, read what the experts have to say.


If you’ve ever leafed through the packet of prescribing information that comes with your birth control, you were probably thoroughly terrified. It’s about as scary as those television commercials that ask if anyone you know has died while taking a certain form of contraception.

It’s true that some health risks have been associated with birth control, but it’s also a fact that hormonal contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy, as well as help with a host of other health issues—like alleviating PCOS and endometriosis, calming PMS and acne, and even lowering your risk of ovarian cancer.

So to find out how worried you should really be about these scary health risks, we reached out to three experts: Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstestrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine; practicing ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck…

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