Benefits of Contraceptives beyond Preventing Pregnancy

The primary purpose of contraceptive methods is the prevention of pregnancy. The general means of contraception include the pill, implants, IUD and patches. However, there are a range of other benefits too that can be reaped with the help of contraception.

Contraceptives have found to reduce the risk of cancer in the female reproduction system; used to treat menstrual disorders and symptoms and above all pregnancy related mortality. With the advance contraceptive access, the health of women can be improved. Contraception not only helps an individual but it is beneficial for both the society and the community at large.

Menstrual Cycle

Contraception helps in balancing the hormonal fluctuations that take place during a woman’s menstrual cycle. With the balancing of the hormones, excessive or irregular bleeding can be regulated. Contraceptives also help in an early detection of acne, excessive hair and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Every type of contraception has a different effect on a woman’s body. They are always helpful in maintaining consistency in the monthly period cycle as well as making them lighter and less painful. A large group of women using birth control measures continue with the use of the pill, as it helps them control the pain and cramps that cause discomfort during their period. As ovulation is prevented with the use of hormonal birth control, when the woman is not ovulating, the painful contractions do not occur in the uterus that is generally the cause of cramps.
Hormonal Acne and Cancer
Acne is majorly triggered in women due to hormonal fluctuations in their body. This is the reason why acne is at its prime during early adolescence. If the hormonal fluctuations can be controlled with the help of contraception, hormonal acne can also be regulated.
The birth control pills are the most common acne fighters as they contain progesterone and estrogens. If you take the long term benefits of contraception into account, women who use contraceptive pills are at a 50% less risk of developing the uterine cancer or ovarian cancer. The effects of the pills last for more than 20 years, even after the intake is stopped.
Ovarian Cysts
At the time of ovulation, small fluid filled sacs form in the ovaries, generally known as ovarian cysts. They can be painful, though not harmful to your body. Any malady related to the ovaries is usually accompanied by a large number of these cysts developing in the body.
Since contraceptive pills prevent ovulation, the forming of these cysts also can be minimized simultaneously or even if there are cysts that are already there in a woman’s ovary, the pills help in curbing their reappearance.
The days leading up to the periodic monthly menstrual cycle may cause both emotional and physical discomfort to women. In medical terms these symptoms are known as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
PMS is commonly caused due to the hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body. The regular use of hormonal contraception also helps in treating Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). This is an advanced stage of PMS which effects the women in a more psychological and emotional way. Since, it is not a physical problem; it is fairly difficult to treat with medication. However, the birth control pills with the combination of Ethinyl Estradiol and Drospirenone have proved to be helping in the treatment of PMDD.
Every contraceptive pill has a different combination of hormones and varied doses. It is advisable to take the prescription from a certified gynecologist to take the right pill for your particular condition or try different pills in small doses to check first that suits your body type.
Weigh the Benefits
Contraception does not benefit all. If the woman is a smoker, over the age of 35, they induce the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots in the body. This case may even apply to non-smokers at times.
Excessive use of hormonal birth control pills or patch can expose your body to psychosis or even pain in the joints. It is always advisable to check out the side effects of any type of combination pills that you try with a medical practitioner before the intake. Also, the use of contraceptive medicine does not protect you against the sexually transmitted infections from your partner. Unless you are sure that your partner has been tested, it is always safer to use a protective barrier such as a condom at the time of sexual activity.
Check with a Specialist
Visit your doctor in order to find out which method of contraception works best with your body without any side effects. A contraceptive method should be chosen by weighing the pros and cons with respect to its cost, effectiveness, flexibility and side effects on the woman’s body. Birth control pills are the most widely used small tablets consumed by women to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
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