Sunday, October 30, 2011


•Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods, especially for the first few cycles
•Nausea and vomiting
•Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
•Breast tenderness and enlargement
•Headaches (birth control pills can improve headaches in some women)
•Acne (birth control pills can also improve acne)
•Changes in sex drive, often a decrease.

•Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
•Signs of a stroke, such as:

◦Vision or speech changes
◦Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
◦Severe headache

•Signs of liver damage, such as:

◦Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
◦Dark urine
◦Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)

•Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
•High blood pressure (hypertension)
•Depression or other emotional changes
•Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
•Breast lumps
•Signs of a blood clot in the leg, such as:

◦Pain in the calf
◦Leg cramps
◦Leg or foot swelling

•Signs of a blood clot in the lung, such as:

◦Shortness of breath
◦Sharp chest pain
◦Coughing up blood

•Chest pain or heaviness, which may be a sign of a heart attack
•High cholesterol
•Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:

◦Unexplained rash
◦Unexplained swelling
◦Difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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