Birth control pills, often known as "the pill," is the most effective birth control option. Only 0.1% of women experience an unintended pregnancy after taking the pill regularly. Though it is considers one of the safest options it still has many cons. There are many serious side effects that you might suffer after taking the pill that you doctor might not have told you about.
You should know all the pro and cons before making the decision that can seriously affect your body.
Birth Control pills may cause breast tenderness of enlargement. Though the side effect tends to improve few weeks after starting the medicine. Reduce salt and coffee intake for improvement.
Though it is not a very common side effect, women who wear contact lenses may experience some visual changes. Because of hormonal shifts in the body causes fluid retention causing the cornea to swell. It may modify the shape of cornea leading to an ill-fitted lens.
Breakthrough bleeding is vaginal bleeding between periods. This often happens within the first three months you started taking the pill. This is because the endometrial lining becomes thinner with the change in hormonal level are more susceptible to wear tear and fall out.
Yeast infection can be very painful. They burn, cause itching, soreness or irritation. Birth control pills increase estrogen in the body which increases the chances of yeast infection.
The pill can effect your sex drive. The hormones in the pill are the reason behind it. It reduces the production of testosterone in the body. It can result in decreased interest in intercourse, reduces the ability to orgasm and sometimes it can cause pain during the act.
Recent study shows that birth control pills can also control who you are actracted to. Scary isn't it?
Mood swings and depression are another of birth-pill side effect. People with a history of depression should first talk with their doctors before taking the pill.
Some experience nausea when they first start taking the pill, but the symptoms usually subside after few months. If it doesn't, and you are using oral contraceptives then try taking them with food.
Recently studies have proven that people who start taking the pill at a young age slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. But after ten years of not using the pill, the risk goes back down.
It is usually temporary and mostly because of water retention instead of actual weight gain, especially in the hips and the breast area. The fat cells are affected by the estrogen in the pill; the hormone causes the cells to become larger than an increase in number.
The sex hormones can cause headaches and migraines. Certain pills decrease the estrogen level in the body leading to headaches or aggravate migraines. If you suffer from headaches then switching to pills with low hormones might help.
Blood clots is a severe side effect that you need to consider before taking the pill. Women who smoke, have just given birth, above 35 or overweight are at higher risk of getting them.
If you are suffering from chest pain, swelling in the legs or breathing problems, then you should consult your doctor because these are the signs that you are suffering from Blood Clots.
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