Can I get birth control without my parents knowing? Teenagers who are served at a Federally-funded family planning clinic, such as the Orange County Health Department, do not need their parentsí permission to get birth control. It is recommended for teens to talk with their parents or another trusted adult about their thoughts about birth control and about becoming sexually active.
How long does it take for the pill to work? The pill is effective two weeks after you start using it. As long as you remember to take the pill at the same time each day you will be protected from pregnancy.
Is it true that you can use the pill to skip your period? Yes, it is possible to skip your period by using the pill. You should discuss this with your health care provider in order to understand what this might mean for your body.
Do antibiotics and other medications affect the pill? Certain antibiotics and medications can have an effect on the pill and reduce its ability to prevent pregnancy. Please check with your doctor. It is advisable to use a back up method of birth control like male or female condoms or abstain from vaginal sex for up to a week after taking antibiotics.
If I become pregnant while on the pill will it harm the baby? Studies have shown that the pill does not cause fetal abnormalities if taken during pregnancy. Of course, you should stop taking the pill as soon as possible when you find out you are pregnant.