Know the Benefits and the Disadvantages of Taking Birth Control Pills

Today, sexually active young and adult women have wide variations of birth control options to choose from. Among the most popular contraceptive options are the barrier methods, the hormonal methods, the natural family planning, and sterilization. In the various birth control methods developed for females, majority of them prefer to use birth control pills, for these are highly noted for their efficiency, usage convenience, and affordability. Aside from the pills’ effectiveness in preventing unwanted pregnancies, oral contraceptives also provide other health benefits to users, thus, making them one of the most in-demand forms of birth control methods in the market. Despite the safety claims of birth control pill, this type of oral contraception also has some risks and complications with …

No Stopping Sperm-Stopping Pill Development

Discovering new avenues for male contraceptive is underway. Many researchers and scientists in different parts of the world are working to develop male contraceptive treatments that are safer, more effective, and more convenient than the contraceptives currently out in the market. Scientists are developing a male contraceptive drug which can inhibit the process of sperm development. When tested on rats, it blocked the links to the cells which nurture developing sperms, causing infertility to the animals. According to US and Italian researchers, they used relatively low doses of the molecule and found no obvious side effects, and the effect was even reversible. However, there is still much work to be done in order to determine if the approach will be …

Managing Side Effects of Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills or hormonal oral contraception, as they are also known, are cited for different side effects like lighter and regular periods, clearer skin, less menstrual cramping, and decreased risks for certain cancers. However, different women may have varying reactions to the hormones in oral contraceptives. As such, the side effects of birth control pills can range from positive to negative depending on the body’s reactions to the artificial hormones. Below are some of the not-so-nice side effects of oral contraception and ways to manage them: Light, in-between period bleeding Some women may experience bleeding in-between periods when they first start using oral contraceptives. While uncomfortable, this side effect is only a sign that the body is adjusting to …

The Potential Hazards of Taking Birth Control Pills

When considering options to prevent pregnancy without sacrificing intercourse by abstaining, both men and women have a multitude of options. For men, the most commonly mentioned way to prevent conception would be the condom. While not always an accepted method of contraception in various territories (usually because of ridiculous cultural norms or even more ridiculous religions ones), it is among the most widely used in the world. For women, the most commonly used method would likely be birth control pills, which usually encounter the same religion-fueled objections that condoms do, but are less likely to earn a culture-inspired dislike. However, medically speaking, there might be some problems for women who regularly use birth control pills. Birth control pills do exactly …

What You Need to Know Before Popping the Pill

In August of 1960, Enovid, the first contraceptive pill, was launched for sale in the USA. The mass-marketing of the drug was so successful that within one year of the product’s launch, over 1 million American women were using it. It was a revolutionary breakthrough in contraception. Pharmaceutical companies that made the drug promised to give women control over their reproductive cycle and free them from unwanted pregnancy. What the manufacturers failed to emphasize were the many and varied side-effects of birth control pills. Mental and physiological conditions experienced by women while using “the Pill” were downplayed by the pharmaceutical companies, and much of the literature accompanying the drug packaging inferred that many of these negative side-effects could not be …

Birth Control Pills, Pregnancy and Acne – A Complete How-To Guide

Acne first comes about during adolescence, when hormone levels begin to increase.This sudden flucturation of hormones causes the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. They start generating increased levels of such oils that end up becoming clogged inside the glands. When the oils can’t escape, acne results! So it goes without saying that when there is a fluctuation in the hormone levels within the body, it can trigger an increase in sebaceous oil production, and therefore increases the chance that an outbreak of acne will likely occur. With women, acne breakouts are common while they are taking birth control pills and also when they become pregnant. Using Birth Control Pills to Control Acne Women who do take the birth control …

Birth Control Pills and the Era of Seasonal Menstruation

The era of seasonal menstruation began in 2003 upon the approval of continuous birth control pills for commercial use. The said new generation of pills gave women the option to regulate their menstruation and limit its occurrence to only four times a year. The need to have more control over their reproductive cycles due to lifestyle, career, and health reasons had prompted many women to use this type of contraceptive. Using the said medication, women can now delay menstrual periods for as long as an entire year. Lybrel, the first birth control pill that made it possible for women to be one-year free from menstruation, was approved for sale and public use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in …