Birth Control Pills Benefits and What To Consider

by | Sep 18, 2021 | Selfcare, Sexual Health | 0 comments



Birth control pills are one of the most common and proven methods of contraception that is suitable for any healthy woman of any age (unless breastfeeding, as hormonal contraception can reduce the amount of breast milk), whether you have regular sex.

How do birth control pills work

Modern birth control pills are mostly so-called. ‘Single-phase preparations’ to be used: once daily for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break, or 28 days continuously.

  • The hormones in the birth control pill are in tiny doses and work just like a normal menstrual cycle. Naturally, a woman’s body’s hormone levels rise and fall, but the pills keep their levels constant, suppressing the chance of getting pregnant.
  • For 21 days or 24 days, depending on the type of tablet, the body receives a certain dose of the female hormone estrogen and progestin. If there are 28 tablets in a pack, four or seven of them are placebo – they do not contain hormones.
  • From the tablets, these hormones enter the bloodstream, where they prevent the eggs from maturing and ovulating, because of which the woman cannot become pregnant.
  • In addition, the hormones also thicken the cervical mucus, which slows down the movement of sperm.
  • Without a hormonal dose for seven or four days (during a placebo tablet or break), the uterine lining breaks down and menstruation follows.

Benefits of using birth control pills

  • Women who suffer from painful periods and have a tendency to develop cysts in the ovaries will appreciate the positive changes when they take birth control pills – menstruation is easier, shorter and more regular.
  • Birth control pills do not affect a woman’s fertility even after long-term use of the pill for several years – after termination, pregnancy rates do not differ from other methods of contraception, such as condoms.
  • If there is a mistake in taking the tablets and the woman is pregnant, taking the tablets will not have any effect on the baby, even if the remaining part of the pack is drunk without knowing that you are pregnant.
  • We should take no additional precautionary measures when starting the specific contraceptive pill at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, as the contraceptive effect is already on the first day of use and continues throughout the seven days of discontinuation after taking the sachet.

Contraception for beauty and well-being

During a period of life when a woman wants to bloom, fly and love, birth control pills not only forget about worries about protection but also reduce worries about appearance.

  • Reduces the oiliness of the facial skin
  • Less greasy hair
  • Unwanted pubic hair is reduced
  • The quality of sex life is improving
  • Does not affect libido
  • The mood stabilizes
  • Reduces acne on the face and other parts of the body

What to consider when using birth control pills

We must evaluate the compatibility of birth control pills with other medicines. The effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives is affected by:

  • Many antibiotics;
  • Epilepsy drugs;
  • Other medicines.

They inhibit the absorption of hormones through the intestinal mucosa or slow down the breakdown of hormones in the liver.

Additional non-hormonal contraceptives should be used while taking the medication.

If you stop taking the pill and do not plan to become pregnant, you must start another method of contraception – the ovaries will soon resume producing their own hormones and you may become pregnant.

If you stop using this method of contraception, about one week may delay your next period.

What are the possible side effects of birth control pills

Like all hormonal contraceptives, these pills can cause some side effects, although not all of them do. It is possible to observe:

  • Nausea;
  • Vaginal secretions;
  • Pain during menstruation;
  • Lack of menstruation;
  • Between menstrual bleeding, spotting;
  • Headache, chest pain, lower abdomen;
  • Depression, irritability, nervousness;
  • Dizziness, migraine (and / or exacerbation of an attack);
  • Visual impairment;
  • Acne;
  • Fatigue;
  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs;
  • Water accumulation;
  • Weight change – weight loss or gain
  • High blood pressure.

Side effects are more common when you first take the pill, but gradually disappear after a few months.

In no case should hormonal contraception be used

We should note that there are various cases and health conditions when hormonal contraception should not be used:

Allergy or sensitivity

Against ethinyl estradiol, chloradione acetate or other active ingredients of hormonal contraception.

Thrombi in veins or arteries

Has or has had deep veined thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke / stroke.

Prolonged rest

If you are forced to follow a strict bed rest for a long time or spend with a plaster bandage.

Intended operation

Contraception must be stopped at least four weeks before the scheduled date of surgery.


If you have diabetes with changes in your blood vessels or uncontrolled fluctuations in sugar levels.

High blood pressure

Measurements are consistently higher than 140/90 mm Hg.

Liver disease

For example, viral or jaundice and liver characteristics have not yet returned to normal.

Hormone-dependent tumors

For example, breast / uterine cancer is suspected or has been treated in the past.

Fat metabolism disorders

or inflammation of the pancreas associated with a significant increase in blood triglycerides

Migraine with an aura

Uterine bleeding not examined

Blood clotting disorders


Be sure to consult a doctor before deciding. Tell us about yourself, all the health problems and medications you are taking. Together, you will definitely find the method of contraception that is most suitable for you.

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