As the name suggests, birth control pills are used to prevent unplanned pregnancy. However, over 10% of the people who use these pills take them for reasons other than preventing pregnancy. These pills contain hormones such as progestin and/or estrogen, which help regulate many functions of the female body. Let’s take a look at the different reasons why people use birth control pills:
- Regulating your period
If you experience irregular periods because of your hormones, you can choose to get on the pill as it will help regulate your period and even control when you get them. If you take a 3-month pack of pills, you will get your period in the week following your 3-month time. For most women, their period cycle is around a month. So, you can go on the pill if you want to avoid getting your period during exams, sports events, long trips, etc.
- Helps with PMS, prevents anaemia and cramps
When you take birth control pills, you stop ovulating, and the uterus lining gets thinner. This means you may experience less bleeding and a lighter flow when you are on your period. A lighter flow means less blood loss which prevents anaemia due to heavy bleeding. Since the pills help balance your hormones, you also get fewer cramps and ease the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome.
- Ease symptoms of endometriosis
While endometriosis is not yet curable, its severity can be managed through pills. You can take pills to stop your period altogether by taking one pill each day without any breaks. You can also get on the pill to prevent ovarian cysts from coming back.
- Clearer skin and prevent hair growth
Many individuals prefer not to have acne or hair on different body parts. Since our hormones play a role in determining hair growth and acne, taking birth control pills can help manage this growth. When it comes to acne, you can see the difference in a few months.
- Lowers the risk for certain cancers
Some research has shown that taking birth control pills can significantly lower your risk of getting ovarian and/or endometrial cancer. However, some research has also suggested that taking birth control pills can increase your risk of getting cervical and/or breast cancer. It is important to note that not all birth control pills can help with the above. Emergency contraception like Unwanted- 72, which needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, cannot be used to regulate your period or prevent acne; its sole purpose is to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Birth control pills like Unwanted-21 can be used for all the reasons listed above Here, you take one pill each day for 21 consecutive days, followed by your period, and then start a new pack of 21 tablets. Regardless of your reason for being on the pill, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting on them so that you can make an informed decision.