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  • Hi Jenny! My name is Sarah, I am the nurse. Im here to teach you about birth control.
  • Hi, thank you. I am excited to use another form of birth control.
  • It looks like you are going to be using Oral Contraceptives. There are a few different names of these but two are LoEstrin and Modicon
  • Yes, I would like to start taking the pill to prevent pregnancy. 
  • This drug works to prevent pregnancy. They do this by preventing ovulation by inhibiting the release of gonadotropins and by increasing uterine mucous viscosity. This will not allow sperm to to move quickly and decrease fertilization of the ovum. This will also decrease the possibility of a fertilized egg implanting in the uterus.
  • Perfect! Will my period go away?
  • It will not disappear, but because of the hormonal effects you should experience shorter, lighter, and more regular periods. 
  • That is still a positive.
  • While most are mild there are side effects just like any drug. You may experience changes in breasts, weight gain, acne, hypertension, edema, thromboembolism, breakthrough bleeding, dizziness, headaches, migraines, depression, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Please know that if you ever have to take an antibiotic, barbiturates, isoniazid, or rifampin you will need an alternative method of birth control. These drugs can reduce the effectiveness of your oral contraceptives.
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