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August 2016

More information on birth control methods

For more information about birth control methods, call at 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) or contact the following organizations: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Phone: 800-762-2264 x 349 (for publications requests only) Food and Drug Administration Phone: 888-463-6332 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Phone: 800-230-7526 Population Council Phone: 212-339-0500 Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (or

Will birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS?

No, they won’t protect you. Birth control pills and most other birth control methods will not protect you from STIs, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). They only protect against pregnancy. The male latex condom is the best birth control method that also can protect you from STIs, including HIV. If you are allergic to latex, polyurethane condoms are a good alternative. If your partner

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Everyone I know is on the pill. Is it safe?

Today’s pills have lower doses of hormones than ever before. This has greatly lowered the risk of side effects. But there are still pros and cons with taking birth control pills. Pros include having: More regular and lighter periods Fewer menstrual cramps A lower risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), noncancerous ovarian cysts, and iron deficiency anemia Cons include a

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