Choosing a birth control can be time consuming and can be a big deal as there are many different options for women. Before you consider going on the pill, here are 14 things that you should know first:
1. Your risk of developing endometrial or ovarian cancer can be reduced when you go on the pill.
2. Taking the pill however may increase your risk of developing breast, cervical, or liver cancer, according to a study conducted in 1996.
3. The pill is classified as a carcinogen due to the increased risk for these types of cancers.
4. If used properly, the pill is 99% effective.
5. The pill can give women blood clots, especially if they smoke, are over 35, or are overweight. The excess hormones in your blood can form clots. Watch for redness or swelling and pain in the legs or arms. If you are having trouble breathing or have a tightness or pain in your chest go to the ER immediately.
6. The newer pills aren’t always safer. Some of the new pills on the market with synthetic progesterone have a 77% increase for the risk of blood clots over low dose estrogen pills.
7. Pills with estrogen and progesterone can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke.
8. Your B vitamin level will drop when you are on the pill. Make sure that you are getting the proper amount of vitamin B with your diet or take a supplement.
9. Androgen hormones can cause acne. The pill lowers the amount of androgen hormones in your system and can help clear up your acne.
10. The pill may lower your sex drive due to the hormonal changes in your body.
11. When on the pill, it has been shown that women tend to pick up men who are more macho and masculine as opposed to sensitive guys due to the excess estrogen in their system.
12. If you are on the pill and picking up men that are macho over all else, you may not be finding your perfect match.
13. Some women have gotten relief from cramps while on the pill.
14. Your fertility can be delayed because the hormones are throwing your monthly cycle out of whack. It may take you longer to get pregnant after you go off the pill than if you were on a non-hormonal birth control.