Consumer information about the medication ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES, includes side effects, drug interactions, recommended dosages, and storage information. Read more about the prescription drug ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES.
Side Effects. Healthy women who do not smoke cigarettes have almost no chance of having a severe side effect from taking oral contraceptives. For most women, more problems occur because of pregnancy than will occur from taking oral contraceptives.
There are differences between the other side effects of these methods (depending upon the method) that include breakthrough bleeding or spotting, acne, depression, fatigue, and weakness. Both oral contraceptives and the Depo-Provera shot have health risks associated with them, such as, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and cervical cancer.