Since its invention, birth control pills have given women sexual freedom and liberation from pregnancy outside of their choice. Most women will use a birth control pill at some point in their lives, blissfully unaware of the other numerous benefits. The way the pill was designed to prevent pregnancy eventually led to the discovery of other benefits, many of which are life-changing. While there isn’t time to cover them all, explore the 5 of the most important benefits of the birth control pill.
1. Prevents Pregnancy
The birth control pill is a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to prevent pregnancy. The pill prevents the sperm from reaching the egg and achieving fertilization. It stops ovulation (no eggs, nothing for the sperm to fertilize), and thickens the mucus on the cervix, blocking the ability of the sperm to swim to the egg.
2. Regulates Menstrual Cycle
Most pill packs contain three weeks of active pills with hormones and one week of inactive pills without hormones. The bleeding typically occurs during the inactive pill times, so if taken correctly and consistently, the pill can help regulate your period.
3. Improves PMS Symptoms
Hormone fluctuations can produce a slew of undesirable symptoms that surround your monthly cycle. These fluctuations can result in heavy bleeding, painful cramps, and psychological and emotional symptoms, or PMDD. The hormones in birth control pills thin the uterine lining and stop ovulation, reducing or eliminating the heavy bleeding and painful cramps. The FDA approved a combination birth control pill, Yaz, specifically designed to treat the emotional symptoms of PMDD.
4. Zaps Hormonal Acne
Hormonal acne is another by-product of hormone fluctuations, to include higher androgen (male hormones) levels. Under these conditions, your body is more susceptible to acne from the increased overall inflammation of the skin and added oil production. Birth control pills help regulate these hormones, and acne becomes improved.
5. Reduces Risk of Uterine Cancer and Ovarian Cysts
Taking a birth control pill also reduces the risk of ovarian cysts and developing ovarian and uterine cancer. Ovarian cysts form during ovulation. By decreasing the number of times a woman ovulates, it prevents cysts from forming and reduces risk up to 50% for uterine cancer.
Some great benefits come along with taking a birth control pill. Yet unbelievably, many women remain without effective birth control because they cannot benefit from current options. Clinical research studies are helping to close that gap, evaluating possible new birth control pill options. If you would like to learn more about being a participant in one of our birth control pill studies, call (858) 505-8672, or visit us here.