When it comes to taking pills, your birth control is one you never want to skip. But that's not the only thing to keep in mind when it comes to oral contraceptive. The things your doctor wants you to know about birth control don't only prevent you from becoming pregnant, but affect your overall health as well.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 10.6 million women take the birth control pill or oral contraceptive pills. (So thank you, Margaret Sanger, the birth control advocate who popularized birth control and pioneered women's health in the first decade of the twentieth century.) Though women and the pill have come a long way since its inception, but there are still some things every woman needs to know about taking oral contraceptive pills. It's especially important to have an open dialogue with your doctor because ingesting hormones is a serious thing, don't you think?
But because you might be too concerned with an incoming speculum during your routine OB-GYN visit, all the questions you had about the pill might slip your mind. It's a good idea to prepare yourself before your visit so you know what to pick your OB-GYN's brain about. Curious about what to ask? I talked to Matthew A. Lederman and Jeffrey Klein, two reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists and OB-GYNs, to get a better idea about what your doctor wants you to know about taking oral contraceptive pills. Here are some of their pointers so you can use the pill effectively with minimum discomfort to your overall health.