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Birth Control: Side Effects

Which birth control side effects require immediate medical attention?

Last updated on August 31, 2020

Stop taking your birth control and see a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Sudden back/jaw pain along with nausea, sweating, or trouble breathing
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Achy soreness in your leg
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe pain in your belly or stomach
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Headaches that are different, worse, or happening more frequently than usual
  • Aura (seeing flashing, zigzag lines)
  • Yellowing of your skin or eyes

These symptoms could be signs of a serious problem and you should seek medical attention immediately.

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