The Non-Contraception Benefits of Birth Control Pills
When we think of "the Pill", many of us think of one medicine, designed simply
to prevent pregnancy. But the Pill has undergone many changes in the past 40
years: it is now available in much lower doses, and these are considered safe
for use by non-smoking women in their 40's. Their are now progestin only birth
control pills for nursing mothers and emergency contraceptive pills for women
who need protection after the fact.
news about "the pill" is that it does far more than prevent pregnancy.
Birth control pills can:
The most exciting benefits to taking the Pill are long-term. Most importantly,
these include decreasing the risk of ovarian, endometrial, and colorectal cancer.
- regulate heavy or irregular menstrual periods
- treat ovarian cysts
- decrease menstrual cramps or PMS
- increase appetite in underweight women and reduce
As with most medicines, the pill is not for everyone. You may not take
birth control pills if you:
While birth control pills have many benefits, there's one thing it can't do:
it can't work properly if you don't take it properly.
- may be pregnant
- have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, a history of breast
cancer, liver disease, blood clots or stroke. The pill also has many
potential side effects and most are increased in smokers.
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Created: 9/25/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.