The Pill

The Pill
September 15, 2010 Kim Goldman

  • Birth control pills are used more than any other form of pregnancy prevention among young women.
  • Basically, the pill “tricks” your body into thinking that you are already pregnant by not allowing the ovaries to release an egg.

How effective are they?

  • If taken every day the pill is about 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It is 0% effective at preventing STD’s.

Facts about the Pill

  • Blood loss is reduced, so the chance of iron deficiency anemia is much less.
  • The risk of cancer to the uterus is reduced by 80%.
  • Current low-dose pills rarely have side effects.
  • Menstrual periods often are more regular, lighter, shorter and less painful.
  • The risk of ovarian cancer is reduced by 50%.
  • It is an easy way to prevent pregnancy.
  • All it requires is having a good memory!
  • Just as with any drug, there are side effects accompanied with taking the pill.

Possible side effects include

  • Enlarging of the breasts
  • Headaches
  • Depression or high blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Certain medications decrease the effectiveness of the pill
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