It’s easy to see why hormonal contraceptives are getting a bad rep recently. A quick Google search will show you hundreds of articles written by women about the awful side effects they suffered while being on the Pill, and how going off it changed their life for the better.
But before you throw away your pills and swap them out for a fertility-tracking app, read on. The Pill has been one of the most popular methods of birth control since the ’60s for a reason.
Besides preventing pregnancies, it has a range of other benefits you might not know about:
It Mellows Out Long, Painful Periods
When you’re taking the Pill, you’re absorbing a small amount of progesterone and oestrogen every day. This combination of hormones tells your body not to ovulate, so no egg is released. Your resulting period is much lighter, less painful and shorter. So if you have particularly heavy, long or painful periods, this could be a huge help for you.
It Runs Right On Schedule
If you never quite know when your period is going to show up and want some consistency in your life, the Pill will give you that. This means less time stressing (usually irrationally) that you’re pregnant and less pairs of panties wasted by the surprise arrival of your period.
Your Chances Of Contracting Certain Cancers Are Greatly Reduced
In 1968 a large-scale study on the link between lifetime cancer risk and the Pill was launched, observing more than 46 000 women. In 2017, after 44 years, the data was collected with some pretty reassuring results. The study showed that taking the Pill reduces your risk of getting bowel cancer by 19%, ovarian cancer by 33% and endometrial cancer by 34%. Those are some significant numbers.
You might have heard about the link between the Pill and an increased risk for developing breast cancer. The same study showed that while on the Pill, your risk of breast cancer rises by four percent. However, this risk disappears at least five years after you go off the Pill.
Say Goodbye To PMS Symptoms
For someone who doesn’t experience bad PMS, it’s easy to write it off as just a few grumpy days a month. But for some, being pre-menstrual means extreme mood swings, depressive thoughts and other debilitating symptoms. About two to five percent of women actually suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This leaves them experiencing an extreme version of PMS, presenting as panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, binge-eating, feeling out of control and more. Being on the Pill stabilises your hormones, which can greatly reduce these symptoms.
The Pill Could Give You That Flawless Skin You Crave
You’re religious about your skincare regime, drink eight glasses of water a day and always wash your makeup off but still have bad skin – what gives? It could be hormones. When you start using birth control, it balances out your hormones which tells your skin to chill out with the oil production.
Remember that everyone’s body will react differently, so if you experience negative side effects from the Pill don’t be disheartened. You might have to try a few different brands before you find the one that suits you best.
Always chat to your doctor about what contraceptive method will work best for you.
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