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Birth Control pills are taken by mouth and swallowed with a liquid. In late 2003, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a spearmint-flavored chewable birth control pill called Ovcon 35. These pills contain the same hormones, progestin and estrogen, that are present in standard birth control pills. Packages contain 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills to be taken throughout one menstrual cycle. You may chew the pills or swallow them whole. If you chew the pill, you should drink 8 ounces of water afterward to make sure the full dose reaches your stomach. The chewable version has similar side effects to other birth control pills, such as an increased risk for blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.

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