- 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
- Depression or high blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Certain medications decrease the effectiveness of the pill
September 15, 2010