Though it’s existed for over half a century, the birth control pill continues to be contentious in the Philippines, where its accessibility has only recently been deemed lawful. However, the local controversy surrounding the pill has largely been moral. With all the excitement (or rage, if you’re old guard) that comes with progress, there’s a chance we’re overlooking an important discussion about the pill’s health risks. We sat with gynecologist Dr. Jocelyn Zamora-Mariano once again, to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to the hazards of oral contraceptives.
Consider the risks and how they interact with your medical history. If your OB-GYN supports you taking the pill, great! If not, don’t worry, there are alternatives. But it’s always best to ask your doctor first.
To separate the facts from the myths surrounding the pill, click through the slideshow above!
Art by Dorothy Guya