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Birth Control Side Effects That Aren't Normal

You may know that weight gain and breast tenderness can be normal birth control side effects. Some birth control side effects go away over time. But some birth control side effects don't disappear and can be signs of a serious or life-threatening health condition.

Don't freak out—most people on birth control don't have any problems. But you should learn more about some birth control side effects that aren't normal and that you shouldn't ignore.

If you're questioning anything, always speak to your health care provider. Birth control shouldn't make you feel sick or uncomfortable. You have many options. Your health care provider can help you find another brand or method that works for you.

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