The Pill
Hormonal method


  • Highly effective when used as directed
  • Easy to use
  • Allows sexual spontaneity and does not interrupt sex
  • May reduce heavy and painful periods
  • May have a positive effect on acne
  • Can be taken over a long period of time


  • Requires keeping track of the numbers of days taken
  • May cause some women (less than 10%) to experience headache, nausea, breast tenderness and weight gain.
  • It is rare, but some women will have blood clots, heart attacks and strokes
  • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

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