Serious Side Effects Of Birth Control Pills That Not Many Knows

Nowadays many people used contraceptives for family planning, those contraceptives are used to bypass unintended pregnancy. I know women who are reading this right now is familiar about birth control pills which are very effective on bypassing unintended pregnancy if followed the instructions right and taken properly

How many women are using them?

There are conducted many investigations about the consumption of contraceptives. In the report of the 2012 National Health Statistics is considered that 62% of reproductive age women from 206 to 2010 had used them.

The pills regulate the hormones of a women’s menstrual cycle and are very important for the fertility. In addition, there are many other pros of using the pills, because they also reduced menstrual cramping, regularity of menstrual cycle, helping with acne on the skin, prevent an appearance of ovarian cysts as well as cancer.

If decided to use them frequently it is good to know side effects of them, as almost all medicine preparation have.

In the article, we will present you top 10 side effects of the pills that maybe you didn’t know.

Migraines and Headaches
As the pills are functioning on the lowering estrogen level in the body it can lead to headaches and migraines. Studies showed that these problems occur at the beginning of consumption, and later can increase or disappear.

Suggestion – if you suffer from these problems switch to different pills with a lower content of hormones, after the consultation with the doctor.

Nausea occurs the beginning of using the pills, as a result of the additional estrogen, which irritates the stomach.

It is better to take them with food, or before bedtime, and very important is to take them regularly at the same time. If persists – see the doctor.

Breast tenderness
It is a mild side effect, started from the beginning of use, but can improve for the next couple of weeks. Due to the hormonal changes the breast can enlarge.

Suggestion –combine oral contraceptives that contain progestin and estrogen, reduce intake of coffee and salt and wear a supportive bra. If you notice a lump in the breast or persistent breast pain consults the doctor.

Breakthrough bleeding
It occurs within the first 3 months of starting. Usually, the reason for bleeding is associated with low-dose birth control pills.

In 2006 report published in the Journal of Family Practice is pointed the factors that contribute to breakthrough bleeding:

Dose, formulation, and regimen of the oral contraceptives
Physiologic effects
Patient behavior
Benign or malignant pathology
After five days of bleeding, you should consult the doctor.

A vaginal yeast infection
This side effect is caused by changes the balance of hormones in the body. The risk for a yeast infection is doubled by use of oral contraceptives and tripled by spermicides, and even higher among the women who have diabetes, consume a bigger amount of sugar or alcohol and their immunity is very low.

Gaining weight
The hormones in the pills can affect appetite and promote water retention, which causes weight gaining.

If it worried you take the pills with a less estrogen, and intensify your physical activities (exercises)

Mood changes
Synthetic hormones may cause misbalance of certain neurotransmitters, leading to changes in the mood and emotional state.

It is more serious if you have a history of depression, so before starting with the pills consult the doctor, or choose the non-hormonal birth control method.

Visual Changes
It is especially the risk for the women who wear the contact lenses. Long- term using the pills can lead to glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Blood clots
The women who use the pills are a double risk of the blood clots than those that don’t use.It is specifically important for women who are overweight, over 35 and smoke.

The doctor should be consulted, also, if are experienced breathing problems, chest pain or swelling in the legs, which can give a signal for a clot in the heart or lungs.

Losing libido
Because of the fact that pills halt the production of testosterone, it can lead to negative effects on sexual life. Usually, it leads to loss of interest in intercourse, decreased ability have orgasms and increased pain during the act.

Additional Tips

Take the pills every day at the same time.
These pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Look for the interference with other medications you are taking.
If you smoke or have a blood-clotting disorder make another choice
stop taking birth control pills immediately if you suspect you’re pregnant.


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Source: artikulohealthnews

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