What should I know about the pill (combined pills and Minipills)?The pills will not prevent pregnancy immediately. So, during the first 7 days on pills, use condoms or some other backup method to avoid pregnancy.
If you must change to a lower dose pill, use a barrier method of family planning or do not have sex during the first month.
Birth control pills will protect you from pregnancy as long as you take one pill every day.
They may be dangerous for women with certain health problems.
IMPORTANT! Birth control pills do not protect against STIs or HIV.