Our expert says:
There are certainly side effects from the Pill. These vary from person to person and include tender breasts, nausea, fluid retention,etc. Serious side effects are much rarer. There are also advantages in that periods are lighter, there is less period pain, it protects against ovarian cysts, etc. It is a question of weighing up the pros and cons. Remember that pregnancy also has a lot of side effects. In terms of harm ,the Pill is probably less harmful than smoking a cigarette or even driving a car - things we do without even thinking about.
There is often a period of cycle irregularity for up to three months after stopping the Pill.
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