Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD Dr. Simi Paknikar on Jul 27, 2020

Side effects or Adverse Effects of Birth Control Pills / Oral Contraceptive Pills

The Birth Control Pill is extremely safe and effective but some women experience the following side or adverse effects in the initial stage, which fades away eventually over a period of three months.

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches, dizziness
  • Tenderness of the breast
  • Spotting may occur especially with pills containing progestin only
  • Mood swings
  • Blood clots within blood vessels (especially seen in women who are above 35 yrs of age and are in the habit of smoking)
  • Dark Spotty pigmentation of the skin


  1. Birth Control Pill - (http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/contraception/contraception_birth.html)


sheena_hines Monday, July 21, 2014

What are the side effects of taking contraceptive pills? Do all women who take this pills face the side effects? Is there any way to avoid this side effects?

yogendra1993 Wednesday, March 26, 2014

i had sex on 3rd day of menstrual cycle. and it did not occur again after 35 day. can i pregnant.

Chinni123 Friday, March 21, 2014

What happens when virgin takes M-pill, not knowing that she is a virgin? Anything serious happens?

vkgtss61 Wednesday, September 4, 2013

my wife mensus was on 5th aug we had sex on 18th how to control birth

aisha786 Friday, August 30, 2013

i am 17 years old. i had sex before 2 months and i takes i-pill after 2 month.can i be pregnent.

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