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Q: Can I take someone else's birth control?

You could, but we do not recommend this. Everyone’s bodies and personalities are so different. For this reason, each person should really have their own method of birth control. If you start taking someone else’s birth control pills, you may not be taking them the effective way. Some people are on birth control pills for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, so you want to make sure the brand/dose would work for you. That’s why it is so important to be evaluated by a healthcare provider so you can discuss your options and pick the right choice for you based on your interests and body.

For more information and tips, check out Bedsider. If you need help finding places/options to get effective contraception, use the Searchable Directory at

Dr. Diane Straub, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine & Professor of Pediatrics, USF Health and Medical Director, Ybor Youth Clinic

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