This product is phenomenal. I actually feel the effects of it in my system within 15 minutes; whereas most drugs take effect within 30 minutes. The side effects are toiling at first, but are to eventually go away after 4-8 weeks. They are dizziness, nausea, lack of or too much appetite, weight gain, and so forth. These can take a toll on anyone who has never taken birth control before, but will help protect her from getting pregnant in the near future. Despite the fact that she still could, but it does protect her from that possiblity. Regardless, it is worth it in the long run, and no matter what happens, it is only for the short-term and not long-term. If the pill is taken for the long-term, then she could get cancer or some kind of disease. I do not recommend taking birth control longer than 2 years because other methods will need to be used for an individual to get pregnant. Be open to the idea of birth control, but don't fully rule it out too.