With many types of birth control on the market, you might be wondering which one is right for you. While each birth control option has its own set of pros and cons, birth control pills offer safe, reliable pregnancy prevention in addition to providing health benefits for a variety of conditions.
How Do Birth Control Pills Work?
Nowadays, most birth control pills are called “combination pills” that contain a mixture of estrogen and progesterone hormones. This precise dose of hormones prevents ovulation, which is the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries. Without ovulation, it’s harder to get pregnant since there is no egg available for fertilization.
What Are the Benefits of Taking Birth Control Pills?
First and foremost, when taken according to instructions, birth control pills offer more than 99 percent effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. Combined with condom use, you’ll also protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are apps available for your smartphone to help keep you on track so that you don’t miss a dose. Forgetting to take your pills can reduce their efficiency.
In addition to pregnancy protection, combination and progesterone-only birth control pills offer many health benefits. These include:
- Reducing menstrual cramps
- Lightening periods
- Lowering your risk of an ectopic pregnancy
Combination birth control pills can reduce symptoms of or prevent the following conditions:
- Bone loss
- Breast cysts
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Infections of the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus
- Iron deficiency anemia
How Do Birth Control Pills Make My Period Easier?
Birth control pills help your period become predictable and regular. Many women notice a reduction in flow and reduced cramps during their period. You can also stop your periods altogether by starting a new pack of pills immediately instead of taking the week of placebo pills that start your period. It’s perfectly safe to skip your period with birth control pills, but ask your doctor first to find out if it’s right for your unique situation.
Will It Be Difficult to Get Pregnant When I Stop Taking Birth Control Pills?
As a matter of fact, you can try to get pregnancy immediately after stopping your birth control pills. You might notice that it takes several months for your periods to revert to the way they were before your started taking birth control pills. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant quickly. Use another form of birth control such as condoms if you’re not prepared to get pregnant right away.
What Are More Benefits of Taking Birth Control Pills?
Birth control pills offer convenience that other types of birth control can’t. They come in small, discreet containers that you can take with you. Since you take one pill a day, worrying about birth control before sex isn’t necessary. Many women report they have peace of mind knowing they’re protected from pregnancy at all times when properly taking birth control pills.
At Huey & Weprin OB/GYN, we specialize in birth control counseling in addition to all facets of women’s reproductive health. Make an appointment with us today.