How do Birth Control Pills Work?
Contraceptive pills contain a combination of female sex hormones (which is why sometimes they are called combined oral contraceptives or COCs). Daily intake of these hormones changes work of the ovaries, preventing maturation of the follicle and release of the egg. Ovulation does not occur, and pregnancy becomes impossible.
In addition, birth control pills thicken the mucus in the cervical canal, because of which spermatozoa can not enter uterus and fertilize the egg.
Even if ovulation has occurred, the spermatozoon has penetrated into the fallopian tube and fertilized the egg, the embryo can not attach itself to the uterine cavity, due to the fact that uterine mucosa becomes very thin on the background of taking contraceptive pills.
Who can Take Birth Control Pills (COCs)?
OC in our time are not only a method of preventing unwanted pregnancies, but also a means of treating many female diseases. Therefore sometimes contraceptive pills are prescribed even to girls who do not have sexual life.
There are more than 50 types of contraceptive pills, designed for women of any age. That is why taking these pills is safe at almost any age.
The most popular nowadays are considered Birth Control Alesse, as they have less side effects and contraindications and women of various ages can take it. Find more about this Canadian Health and Care Mall means here — http://www.familyhealthcare-inc.com/combined-birth-control-pills-alesse.html.
Who can not Take Birth Control Pills?
Like any other medicine, birth control pills have contraindications for use. For example, hormone pills can not be taken by women who have (or had) thrombosis of veins, with severe liver and kidney diseases, and also women over 35 years of age. Taking these pills is also prohibited for pregnant women.
Pros of Contraceptive Pills
- Contraceptive pills have many advantages over other methods of protection from pregnancy.
- A very reliable method of contraception: most contraceptive pills guarantee protection from pregnancy in more than 99% of cases.
- Suitable for girls and women of almost any age, although for each age group there are «their own» birth control pills.
- Normalize hormonal background and reduce risk of ovarian cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cysts.
- Make menstrual cycle regular, if earlier menstruation came with delays, or appeared several times a month.
- Reduce abdominal pains during menstruation.
- Reduce manifestation of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- On the background of taking COCs, menstruation becomes less abundant and lasts fewer days.
- If you take birth control pills, then you have opportunity to delay unwanted menstruation (for example, if you are going on vacation).
- Have therapeutic effect in mastopathy.
- If you decide to plan a pregnancy, then after completing COC reception chances of conceiving a child are much higher.
- All effects of birth control pills disappear immediately after they are canceled.
Cons of Contraceptive Pills
- Of course, birth control pills are not without minuses and not always suitable for everyone
- Contraceptive pills do not give 100% guarantee that you will not become pregnant: even the best quality COC can have «misfires».
- Contraceptive pills must be taken every day: skipping even one pill can lead to a decrease in the effect and onset of pregnancy.
- When taking certain medications (for example, antibiotics), contraceptive effect may decrease.
- The first time after you start taking COCs, you may have spotting in the middle of menstrual cycle.
- Contraceptive pills can increase appetite and delay water in the body: if you do not want to gain weight on the background of COC, then you need to monitor nutrition and lead healthy lifestyle.
- Contraceptive pills can cause hair loss.
- After withdrawal of birth control pills, some women observe disruption of menstrual cycle (although, it is worth saying that this is more an exception than a rule).
- Contraceptive pills, like any other medicine, are not devoid of side effects: swelling of breasts, increased blood pressure, headaches, bloating, etc. Before you start taking OC, you need to consult a gynecologist.
Disputes of ordinary women around contraceptive pills, probably, will not cease soon: too many of those who consider any hormones an absolute evil. Of course, this is not so, and millions of women around the world are successfully taking OCs for many years. Nevertheless, it should be understood that this is primarily a medicine — Canadian Health and Care Mall recommends not to start taking pills without consulting a doctor, and taking COCs you must strictly follow the rules of admission.
If you treat your health with all responsibility, then OC can become your companion for many years.