Going On The Pill? Read This Before You Begin Taking Birth Control
An unplanned pregnancy can turn your world upside down. While there are many methods of birth control, oral contraceptives or birth control pills are what most women rely on. But besides preventing pregnancy, there are a host of other benefits that these pills offer to a woman’s body. And along with the advantages come the disadvantages. Here are a few pros and cons of birth control pills every woman should know before starting the medication.
1) Highly Effective In Preventing Pregnancy
Birth control pills prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, thus becoming a highly effective form of protection. Their efficiency is a staggering 99 percent.
2) Reduce The Risk Of Endometrial Cancer
Endometrial cancer, the cancer of the tissue lining the uterus, is caused by the oestrogen that stimulates the growth of endometrial cells. BC pills contain two hormones, oestrogen and progestin, that help to prevent the growth of the these cells and hence reduce the risk of this kind of cancer. The longer you are on the pill, the lesser the risk.
3) Reduce Risk Of Ovarian Cysts And Cancer
During ovulation, there is a fluid-like growth that may develop in the ovary, known as an ovarian cyst. The pills decrease the rate of division of cells by blocking ovulation and hence the possibility of a genetic mishap, thus reducing the risk of cancer and cysts.
5) Regulate Menstrual Cycle And Reduce Pain
These pills contain a progesterone-like hormone that helps regulate your menstrual cycle. The hormone present in the pill also thins the lining of uterus, thus reducing the bleeding episodes. As these pills also prevent ovulation, they decrease the amount of prostaglandin that helps relieve menstrual cramping.
6) Cheapest And Easiest To Use
Birth control pills are cheap compared to other hormonal methods of birth control and there are a few kinds that do not even need any prescription. These are also easy to use as they do not cause any interruption of foreplay or intercourse.
1) Sexually Transmitted Infections
Birth control pills do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, they contains progesterone hormones that may raise the risk of HIV infections.
2) Blood Clots
Birth control pills contain oestrogen and progesterone that have some undesirable effects on human body. The oestrogen in the pills increase the risk of blood clots in the lungs or legs. Women who smoke are more prone to have these blood clots.
3) Heart Attack And Blood Pressure
These pills can increase the risk of heart attack in women who smoke. Women who are obese, have a family history of blood pressure or mild kidney diseases are more prone to the risk of blood pressure when on pills.
4) Regular Medication
Birth control pills MUST be taken regularly. If you don’t, it can have a reverse effect and make you pregnant. Also, it can take a few days or few months for your ovulatory cycle to get back.
5) Other Effects
Some other effects of birth control pills include headache, increase in weight, vomiting and nausea, breast tenderness, migraines and strokes, depression and mood swings. Regular intake of birth control pills can also decrease interest in sex or reduce the ability of women to have orgasms.
Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before starting any medication.
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