I nearly died from taking birth control pills. A week in the ICU and I thought all I had was bronchitis, no, it was blood clots. All in the name of vanity, hoping to clear up my acne or to prepare myself for Accutane if the BCP didn't work on my acne and also to help alleviate severe cramps and heavy bleeding during my period . And to take Accutane, you're required to have 3 forms on birth control while on it. If my Dr would have looked into why I was having suck horrible acne and painful, heavy periods in the first place then maybe I wouldn't have been knocking on death's door but of course, like many doctors do, she threw a prescription for birth control at me and said this will cure everything that ails you.