Birth control pills could decrease libido?
Does convenience really outweigh the side effects of birth controlling pills?
‘No way’ you say to the condom and certainly NO to Copper T, right? So, what’s the most ‘convenient’ contraceptive we have at hand? The birth control pill, of course! It can be as secretive as you want it to be and non-invasive certainly and hey it comes without any loss of pleasure!
But is it really safe? Dr Vijaya Sherbet, consultant gynecology and obstetrics, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal, certainly doesn’t think so, “There are several side effects of the birth control pill ranging from nausea to weight gain to an increased risk if stroke.”
Birth control pill is a hormone-based method of birth control which means that since it is altering your hormones, you could potentially be at risk. If you are popping that pill to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, it’s best to be aware of what these risks are.
Side effects of Birth Control Pills:
This is the most common side effect. Many women report headaches while having the birth control pills. Women with a history of migraine should be advised against the pills as they could lead to worsening of headaches.
- Nausea or vomiting
Some women experience mild nausea, especially when they start off on birth controlling pills. While it is supposed to resolve in a matter of days, for some women it can get rather severe.
- Mood swings
If there is a history of depression, birth control pills ought to be taken only under medical supervision. Even otherwise, some women show signs of mood changes during pill use.
- Menstrual changes
If a woman has been using the birth control pill for over a period of time i.e. for more than a year, she might experience a reduction in the quantity of menstrual flow.
Big risk ALERT
Dr Sherbet says, “One of the most dangerous complication that can arise due to birth control pills is an increased risk of stroke. In fact, women who are smokers and take birth control pills are at a higher risk of developing a stroke.”
Continue Reading to know what is the option to birth control pills.
MYTHS and TABOOS
There is a common belief that birth control pills can lead to cancer. “However, it has been proved that the use of birth control pills can reduce the risk for ovarian cancer and the risk for breast cancer is uncertain. Birth control pills also reduce the risk of endometrial (a kind of uterine) cancer,” Dr Sherbet explains.
Elaborating on how Indian society has always treated birth control pills as a taboo, she says, “It is sad to see that the penetration of abortion pills is greater than contraceptive pills in the market. Women are not afraid of getting an abortion but they are scared of being on contraceptive pills. It is crucial that women understand the importance of contraception and avoid unwanted pregnancies.”
There are several other side effects of birth control pills including weight gain, inter-menstrual spotting, vision changes and reportedly even decreased libido.
OPTIONS to birth controlling pills
Dr Sherbet suggests an alternative for birth control pills. “Women could use a NuvaRing. It is a hormone containing ring that is put inside the vagina for 3 weeks.” At the end of 3 weeks it is removed for a week before repeating the process. “This is ideal for women who suffer with side effects like nausea, vomiting, etc,” she adds.
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