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Side effects are considered one of the primary reasons for women stopping the use of contraception, even though they wish to avoid a pregnancy. Using longitudinal data collected from a cohort of contraceptive users in Odisha and Haryana, India, this study explores the impact of side effect severity and frequency on six‐month discontinuation. The results suggest that the side effect severity and frequency are more important factors than simply the experience of a side effect in understanding contraceptive discontinuation. The study also suggests that the role of side effects in discontinuation warrants further and more nuanced explorations. The results of this study can be useful for implementers of Family Planning programs. Click here to access the study.