When you hear the words ‘Birth control pills’ you automatically think of the traditional and main use of preventing pregnancy and of course this is what many women all over the world do use them for, however, this form of contraception can also have many other benefits. In fact, some statistics indicate that approximately half of all women who use birth control pills do so for reasons unrelated to guarding against becoming pregnant. The article below discusses a few of these reasons.
More Regular Periods
Birth control pills can make your periods more regular. Each type of medication is different and will cause users to have periods at different intervals. Traditional pills will cause those that take them to have their period every fourth week. However, extended-cycle pills will cause a woman to have a period only three to four times annually.
Cramps are one of the worst parts of having a period. Fortunately, birth control pills can help with those. They work by fooling the body into releasing less of the chemicals that cause cramps. As such, women who take them can suffer less during their period. I personally started taking my pill firstly to combat my extremely painful periods which I was always plagued with in my younger years and of course later as a form of birth control, in fact since the return of my periods after having Jacob they are worse than they ever have been leaving me not only doubled over but at times unable to cope with the everyday tasks which need doing. As a parent to young boys I need to be able to carry on even at that time of the month so I have been toying with starting back on the pill and I doubt it will be long before that becomes part of my every day routine again – it’s funny how you are able to forget this pain us women are cursed with when they stop for pregnancy but once they return…. just OUCH!
Improves Acne and Limits Unwanted Hair Growth
All women make small amounts of male hormones called androgens. These hormones can cause women who are particularly sensitive to them to have breakouts of acne or grow hair in certain areas of the body, such as:
•The upper lip
•Under the chin
•Between the navel and pubic bone
•In between the breasts
However, birth control pills limit the production of androgens in the ovaries, helping to curb their effects. In many cases, women who take birth control pills for just six months see an improved complexion and a significant reduction in abnormal hair growth.
Lowers the Risk of Cancer
Studies have demonstrated that females who take birth control pills for five years or more are about half as susceptible to ovarian cancer as their counterparts who do not. In addition, the chances of a woman developing endometrial cancer go down by almost 25 per cent for every five years she takes birth control pills. Furthermore, these cancer-fighting effects of contraception pills have been demonstrated to continue working long after a subject has stopped taking the medicine.
With so many benefits, it is easy to see why even women who are not sexually active might want to take birth control pills, and with so many different types of contraceptive pills being prescribed today, even women with particularly sensitive systems should be able to find a medication to suit them – of course as with all medications it may be a case of trial and error to find the pill which best suits you and your lifestyle. You take a look at the complete list of contraceptive options from Lloyds Pharmacy to get an idea of the various products that are available in the market.
Obviously before you decide to take any type of medication, you should speak to a doctor first. After all, some types of birth control pills can cause adverse side effects in certain people.
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