Side Effects of Birth Control Pills


Some common side effects:

light bleeding between menstrual periods,

skipped periods,


weight change,


increase in vaginal infections

spotty darkening of the skin on the face may appear and may be permanent

hair loss.


The most serious side effect associated with the birth-control pill:

greater chance of blood clots,

stroke and

heart attack.


Other serious side effects:

worsening of migraine headaches,

gall bladder disease,

increase in blood pressure,

an extremely rare liver tumor and

some birth-control pills may cause changes in the levels of fatty substances in the blood.


Unwanted Hair Growth:

 Exogenous Androgens - Sometimes a person taking medications for hormone therapy (Estratest, danazol), body

development (such as anabolic steroids and body-building supplements) or to control pregnancy (birth control pills

containing norgestrel) can develop abnormal hair growth. Even certain hormone-containing skin creams (used to treat

specific conditions) can be absorbed into the bloodstream and result in hair growth.


Compiled by Deepak Sarkar,