Birth Control Pills, sometimes called "the pill", are a type of medicine that a woman can take every day to prevent pregancy.
When taken correctly (at the same time everyday) it can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregancy. Unfortunately, MOST people don't take the pill correctly and it reduces how well it works to closer to 87%. (That's like 13 in every 100 people get pregnant on it.)
If you forget to take a pill, you should take it as soon as you remember. If you don't remember to take your pill until the next day, you should take two pills (the pill you forgot and the current day's pill).
If you forget to take a pill for 2 or more days in a row, call the clinic for instructions. Start using a condom or do not have any sex because you are no longer protected from getting pregnant.
YES. The pill does NOT protect you against STDs and/or HIV. You should still use a condom for protection against these.
Some medicines may not make the pill work the right way so make sure to tell the doctor what medicines that you are taking.