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Seven Things Not To Do When You Go On Oral Contraceptives For The First Time

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One of the most important decisions a woman makes in terms of her reproductive health is whether to go on oral contraceptives. If you've decided to go on oral contraceptives for the first time, there are some mistakes you need to avoid. 

The following are seven things not to do when you go on oral contraceptives for the first time. 

Taking your oral contraceptive at different times of the day

It's best to get on a regular schedule of taking your oral contraceptive at the same time every day. You'll be less likely to forget to take your pill this way. If you're worried about forgetting, try using a reminder app. These apps can alert you on your smartphone at a certain time every day that will remind you to take your pill. 

Being unaware of some factors that could make going on the pill a bad idea

You should go through screening before you're given a prescription for oral contraceptives. Your doctor might not recommend the pill in some circumstances. For example, your doctor might recommend that you avoid oral contraceptives if you have high blood pressure, a history of stroke in your family, or frequent migraines. In situations like these, your doctor will most likely recommend another method of birth control. 

Failing to discuss any other medications you're taking with your doctor

There are certain medications and supplements that you shouldn't take at the same time that you're taking oral contraceptives. For example, it's not recommended that you take certain HIV medicines or St. John's wort while taking oral contraceptives. Make sure that your doctor knows about all the medications and supplements you're taking before prescribing oral contraceptives. 

Engaging in unprotected sex when you've neglected to take your oral contraceptives for too long

Discuss what you should do if you forget to take your pill for a few days with your doctor. If you go too many days without taking your oral contraceptive, you could get pregnant. Once you start taking your oral contraceptive again, you'll need to avoid sex long enough for your pills to be effective at preventing ponce again. 

Neglecting to get your partner involved in your oral contraceptive regime

You should discuss going on oral contraceptives with your partner and let them know what it involves. This way, your partner can remind you to take your pill every day and be involved in your birth control regime. 

Having no spot in mind where you'll keep your pills

It's easy to misplace your oral contraceptives if you don't decide on a particular spot to keep them in. Keep your oral contraceptives in the same place all the time so that they're unlikely to become lost. 

Thinking that you're protected from STDs by your oral contraceptives

One of the most important things you need to know about oral contraceptives is that they are ineffective at protecting you from STDs. You need to choose another method of contraception, such as condoms, if you want to prevent both pregnancy and STDs. 

For more information, contact a women's health service in your area.