Hormonal contraceptives contain synthetic progesterone (progestin), alone or in combination with synthetic estrogen.

Taking hormonal contraceptives helps prevent pregnancy. Your doctor may also prescribe hormonal contraceptives to treat certain hormone-related conditions.

Hormonal contraceptives are available in multiple forms, including:

  • oral pills
  • injections
  • skin patches
  • vaginal rings
  • implants that go under your skin
  • intrauterine devices (IUDs)

Before you try a new hormonal contraceptive, talk with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks. Hormonal contraceptives are safe for most people, but they can cause side effects and carry certain risks.

Read on to learn how to stay healthy while taking hormonal contraceptives.