Side effects of birth control pills women may experience

Spotting Between Periods

Breakthrough bleeding, or spotting, may occur due to hormonal changes, especially when starting birth control pills.


Mild nausea might occur initially, but it usually subsides. Taking the pill with food or at bedtime can alleviate this symptom.

Breast Tenderness

Birth control pills can cause breast tenderness, often accompanied by breast enlargement. Wearing a supportive bra can help manage discomfort.

Headaches and Migraine

Hormonal fluctuations from birth control pills can trigger headaches or migraines, although the severity can vary.

Weight Changes

Some individuals may experience weight gain or loss while taking birth control pills, although research on this effect remains inconclusive.

Mood Changes

Hormonal changes from the pill may affect mood, potentially leading to symptoms like depression. 

Missed Periods

Birth control pills can result in lighter periods or missed periods due to hormonal regulation.

Decreased Libido

Changes in libido may occur as a result of hormonal shifts from birth control pills.