Everyone knows that using birth control gives a woman control over when and if she becomes pregnant. What you may not know is that there are some great birth control benefits that are beyond pregnancy prevention.
A Remedy for Irregular Periods
Many women live with a menstrual cycle that is far from the normal number of days. Never knowing when your period will start or end is both worrisome and risky.
When you begin a regimen of birth control pills, you always know when your period will begin. This is true as long as you don’t forget to take them everyday, and the same effects can be achieved with other contraceptives as well!
Birth Control Can Clear Up Your Complexion
Acne is prevalent among young women, but taking birth control can get those hormones balanced and eliminate your problems with acne. Pills with both estrogen and progesterone are among the most effective types.
Birth Control Can Lighten Flow
Women who suffer from a heavy flow each month and then become anemic will find that this particular birth control benefit will lighten their flow and prevent anemia. The Office On Women’s Health tells us hormonal birth control options like the pill, the patch, shots, a ring, and hormonal IUD may help to make periods both lighter and shorter.
Less Painful Periods
One third of women who use birth control stay on it because it makes their cramping less painful. Since birth control prevents ovulation, the uterus doesn’t contract to cause cramps. Women who experience a significant amount of pain during their menstrual cycle might consider using hormonal birth control. Discuss this subject with All About Women OB/GYN to learn more.
Long Term Benefits
Not only is there no harm in taking hormonal birth control for many years, but it actually provides some pretty great advantages:
- 50% of women are less likely to get uterine cancer, and this effect lasts up to 20 years after you cease taking the pill.
- It also can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Many women benefit from “…important reductions of risk that persist for many years after stopping” according to a 2017 study.
PMS Symptoms Reduced
The hormonal fluctuations just prior to a period that are commonly referred to as premenstrual syndrome or PMS can be reduced when taking birth control. Ask All About Women OB/GYN what specific forms might be best for you if you suffer with PMS on a regular basis.
Additional Birth Control Benefits
Taking hormonal birth control can also help to reduce your risk for:
- Menstrual migraines
- Bone thinning
- Cysts on breast and ovaries
- Endometrial cancer
Contact All About Women OB/GYN for more information about the great benefits of birth control beyond preventing pregnancy.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (703) 437-0001 or request an appointment online today!