(see also Questions and Answers)

Combined oral contraceptives:

  • Do not build up in a woman’s body. Women do not need a “rest” from taking COCs.
  • Must be taken every day, whether or not a woman has sex that day.
  • Do not make women infertile after they stop taking COCs.
  • Do not cause birth defects or multiple births.
  • Do not change women’s sexual behavior.
  • Do not collect in the stomach. Instead, the pill dissolves each day.
  • Do not disrupt an existing pregnancy.