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Birth Control Pills:

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Who should NOT take BCP's  

Adolescent girls and young women are frequently prescribed birth control pills just for the medical benefits. BCP's are a safe and effective treatment for many types of medical problems, including PCOS, irregular menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, and endometriosis.


Are there any medical benefits with taking birth control pills?

Birth control pills not only prevent pregnancy, but they also have medical benefits. Many teen girls take the birth control pill just for its medical benefits and not for its protection against pregnancy.

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Written and reviewed by the CYWH Staff at Boston Children's Hospital

Updated: 7/25/2013


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