Womens’ bodies are fragile. We need to take extra care. For those who are considering taking contraceptive pills for birth control, it’s a NO GO! There’s natural and reliable way for birth control. Don’t risk your health. Below are 10 common side effects from the birth control pills. Over 10 millions women over the world are experiencing side effects. So try the natural birth control way instead.
1. Intermenstrual spotting
Within the first 3 months of starting to take the pill, around 50% of people using the pill experience vaginal bleeding between expected periods. Generally, this resolves in over 90% of cases by the third pill pack.
During spotting, the pill is still effective as long as it has been taken correctly and no doses were missed. People who experience 5 or more days of bleeding while on active pills or heavy bleeding for 3 or more days should contact a health care professional for advice.
Intermenstrual spotting may occur due to the uterus adjusting to having a thinner endometrial lining, or maybe due to the body adjusting to having different levels of hormones.
Some women experience mild nausea when first taking the pill. Although taking the pill with food or at bedtime can help lower the likelihood of nausea, you have a choice not to take the pills & live a healthier life. Anyone experiencing persistent or severe nausea should seek medical help.
The sex hormones have an effect on the development of headaches and migraine. Pills with different types and doses of hormone may result in different headache symptoms. If you experience new onset of headaches when taking the pill should seek your doctor for advice.
4. Breast tenderness
Birth control pills may cause breast enlargement or tenderness. If you find any lump in the breast or who has persistent pain or tenderness or severe breast pain should seek medical help immediately.
5. Weight gain
Many people taking the pill report experiencing some fluid retention, especially in the breast and hip areas. Fat cells can also be affected by the oestrogen in birth control pills, although the hormone causes the cells to become larger rather than more numerous.
6. Mood changes
Mood change is one of the popular complaints from women who are taking the pills. Those with the history of depression are recommended to discuss this with their gynae, as some people do experience depression or other emotional changes while taking the pill.
A study of 90 women published in Human Mapping in 2015 found that use of the birth control pill was associated with smaller cortical thickness measurements in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the posterior cingulate cortex. These areas of the brain are linked with reward response and evaluating incoming stimuli.
7. Missed periods
There are times when, despite proper pill use, a period may be skipped or missed. Several factors can influence this, such as stress, illness, travel, and hormonal or thyroid abnormalities.
If a period is missed or is very light while on the pill, a pregnancy test is recommended prior to taking the next pack of pills; if further periods are missed or are very light, seek medical advice.
8. Decreased libido
The hormone(s) in the contraceptive pill can affect sex drive (libido) in some women. However, many other factors can contribute to a decrease in libido.
In some instances, however, the birth control pill can increase libido. Such an increase may be due to the relief of painful symptoms such as menstrual cramping, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
9. Vaginal discharge
Some people experience changes in vaginal discharge when taking the pill. This can range from an increase to a decrease in vaginal lubrication, an alteration in the nature of the discharge, and changes which can affect sexual intercourse. In the event of vaginal lubrication decreasing, added lubrication can be utilised to make sex a more comfortable prospect.
10. Visual changes with contact lenses
Hormonal changes caused by the birth control pill can lead to fluid retention which, in turn, can cause the corneas to swell or change shape. When this swelling occurs, contact lenses may no longer fit comfortably.
There are other side effects reported by women around the world. So why risk your health?