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How safe is birth control if its used correctly, taken every day at the same time?

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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine

In brief: Very safe

Contraceptive pills or rings can be very safe.
I have my patients take the pill the same time each night and use condoms for 1 week if they miss a pill to prevent an unintended pregnancy. The ring can be changed every 4 weeks. The benefits are lighter and more predictable periods, they decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. They are used to treat painful or heavy periods.

In brief: Very safe

Contraceptive pills or rings can be very safe.
I have my patients take the pill the same time each night and use condoms for 1 week if they miss a pill to prevent an unintended pregnancy. The ring can be changed every 4 weeks. The benefits are lighter and more predictable periods, they decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. They are used to treat painful or heavy periods.
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