The birth control pill is a pill that you take every day so that you can avoid pregnancy. This contraceptive method is safe and if you follow all the indications it is effective, there are many types and brands, to know which is the ideal brand for you the best option is to go to a consultation with your gynecologist and after asking you some questions he will indicate the brand that best suits your needs.
Side effects of birth control
The birth control pills, like all drugs, they usually have some side effects. Although, it all depends on our body and how it assimilates the pill.
Here are the 7 common side effects of birth control:
Make breasts grow
It is called hyperesthesia to the sensitivity in the skin and feeling of dullness, in this case the contraceptive pills produce it in the breasts. You are going to feel them much larger and more sensitive than normal, generally this effect is obtained in the first weeks of having started taking the contraceptive pills. The most advisable thing for this side effect is to reduce, and if possible, avoid, the intake of caffeine and salt so that this side effect is reduced a little.
They noticeably decrease sexual desire
This is because the hormones responsible for sexual desire in women are exactly the same ones responsible for making a woman pregnant. Contraceptives also reduce testosterone levels, the hormone to which sexual desire is attributed, in addition to preventing ovulation, when there is more testosterone in our body, however there may be other factors that influence such as relationship problems, stress, health, anxiety. Still, if you are completely sure that birth control is to blame, consult your gynecologist to try a different pill.
They make your period not go down
This is because menstruation appears when your levels of testosterone, estrogen and progestin are low (which also causes the obnoxious pre-menstrual syndrome), also affecting your mood. When you are taking pills, basically you are taking hormones so these during the dates when your period should arrive are not really low since you get them in the pills, this makes your period not arrive. However, some pills use a placebo to keep it as regular as ever.
They cause an alteration in vaginal discharge
In general, the intake of birth control pills could drastically increase your vaginal discharge, or on the contrary, noticeably decrease the secretion of vaginal discharge while having sex. It is important that if this condition lasts a long time, you should go to your gynecologist to avoid and rule out future vaginal infections and consult a change of pills that best suits you.
They produce vaginal bleeding between periods
This is the most common of all the side effects of the pills, during the first 2 to 3 months of taking the pills 5 out of 10 women suffer from this vaginal bleeding that does not correspond to their period and only 1 in 10 after 5 months. It is also important that if after 5 months this continues, you visit your gynecologist to check that everything is fine and to change the pills, only if necessary and recommended.
They can cause strong mood swings
Contraceptive pills could also cause depression, this is because during the period and the menstrual cycle there are many constant hormonal changes and with the taking of contraceptive pills you have the same level of hormones throughout the menstrual cycle, this could cause depression in some women, especially in those women who already have a depressive history, either because they had depression before or because of a family history, the most important thing is that if you present this history, you tell the gynecologist and if this effect is new as well.
Birth control pills increase your body weight
Technically, the pills are actually causing fluid retention in some women, mostly in the chest and hips, causing body weight to increase.
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