Birth control and your health FAQs
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What are general side effects of birth control method and how long they usually last?
Nausea, headaches, breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, irritation, allergy are
common side effects and they typically ease up with time and usually disappear after 90 days.
If they don't go away, seek your doctor advise. However symptoms such as leg or chest pain or
breathing difficulties can be tip-offs that a life-threatening blood clot has developed and
immediate medical attention is needed.
Can birth control methods make me infertile?
No, It is myth that use of birth control methods for a long time is bad for you or will make you
Is it actually harmful to use emergency contraception as my primary form of birth control?
No, A 2010 review of emergency contraception by the Office of Population Research at Princeton
University notes that no deaths or serious complications have been causally linked to the
use of emergency contraception. Although manufacturing information notes that you should
not take more than once in the same menstrual cycle.
How long should I be on birth control?
There's only one reason to take a break from any form of birth control if you're planning to get
Can birth control can increase your risk of developing a blood clot?
It's true that being on hormonal birth control may put you at a slight increased risk of
developing a blood clot. symptoms such as leg or chest pain, breathing difficulties, heart
palpitations, swelling, redness, warmth, or tightness in one calf, can be tip-offs that a
blood clot has developed and immediate medical attention is needed.
Do antibiotics make pill less effective?
Only one antibiotic, Rifampin - is known to make the Pill less effective. Rifampin is used to
treat tuberculosis. Other antibiotics do not make the pill less effective.
Does a birth control method make you gain weight?
It’s a myth that the birth control method makes you gain weight. A 2006 study found that users
did gain weight, but that there was no evidence to support that it was from birth control.
Will I lose my sex drive from birth control?
It's possible. Without birth control, your levels of estrogen and testosterone soar
mid-cycle to boost your libido just in time for ovulation, You may also notice an increase in
desire right before your period, as progesterone levels come down.
What are healthy side effects of the contraceptive pill?
Contraceptive pill do have some healthy side effects, like lowering the risks for ovarian and
uterine cancer. Other benefits includes regulating your menstrual cycle, reducing the
risk for multiple sclerosis, lessening PMS symptoms, helping with female pattern baldness,
and even treating bulimia.
Does Birth control pill affects sense of smell?
Yes, Birth control pills affect your sense of smell, which can ultimately impact who you’re
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