I had so many problems from the pill it is unbelieveable and would take so much time to write but just a quick story...while I was on it I suffered from UTI infections chronically, anywhere from 3-6 times a year for about 4 years. I felt very blah and unenergized all the time and my hair became very limp and lifeless. Then I missed a couple pills and it flipped my world upside down. I started to feel like I had a yeast infection, bacterial infection and UTI all at once and the doctors could find nothing wrong with me. Although they all loaded me with every antifungal and Antibiotic possible, with no results. I suffered painfully for 8 months until one doctor finally took me seriously and suggested that I was suffering from cervicitis. This is inflammation of the cervix. I prayed and prayed for help. Finally I felt the holy spirit tell me to take Dong Quai, which is a herb. I had tried it before but only for a week or two. I was so certain that I began taking it and after 3 weeks I began to feel better and after 6 weeks I was almost back to normal. I ended up having to take it for 6 months before I was able to get off it without the symptoms coming back. My hormones still haven't recovered b/c I have had Acne problems since this happened but through detoxing and oil pulling I am getting a lot better and have never felt better. I don't think I have been sick in over 6 months. Probably longer then that....so yeah, bcp's are the worst. I will never take them again!!!