Info For Teens
Ask the Experts
One of my friends got pre-scribed birth control pills, but she did not use them. So she gave them to her other friend. is it okay if she takes the pills?
Even though it’s important to use birth control if you’re going to have sex and don’t want to get pregnant, it’s never a good idea to use a prescription that was meant for someone else.
Birth control pills are safe for most people to use, but there are certain health conditions that a doctor or nurse would want to know about before writing a prescription for a patient in their care. It’s also better for your friend to have her own prescription so she’ll have a doctor or nurse to talk with if she has side effects or other questions about using the pill correctly.
Luckily for your friend, it’s pretty easy to get a prescription of her own. All she needs to do is visit a doctor or nurse, like the staff at her nearest Planned Parenthood health center. Even easier than that? If she doesn’t want to take a pill every day, they can talk with her about set-it-and-forget-it birth control methods that last up to several years, like the IUD and implant.
-Emily at Planned Parenthood