The oral contraceptive pill is an effective form of hormonal contraception
For women who maintain a regular schedule of ingesting their pill at the same time each day, rates for pregnancy while on the pill remain very low. The pill, as it is commonly known, contains synthetic forms of natural hormones which help to inhibit the body's natural cycling of hormones. It is effective for preventing pregnancy because the contraceptive:
- effectively stops the body from ovulating
- simultaneously changes the cervical mucus making it more difficult for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg.
- changes the lining of the womb, making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to become implanted.
Side-effects of the pill are common, especially in the first few months as your body adjusts to changes in hormones and the reproductive organs
Some of the most common include:
- Body changes: weight gain, tenderness in the breasts, changes in vaginal discharge and intermenstrual spotting are all commonly observed changes, especially during the first three months of adjusting to a new pill.
- Nausea: more common among first time pill users, nausea can be mitigated by ingesting the pill with food or before bedtime.
- Headaches: linked to the different types and levels of hormones cycling in your body, headaches are quite common and are likely to go away over time.
- Effect on the libido: synthetic hormones have been shown to affect women differently in terms of sex drive: while some experience a decrease in libido, others experience an increase.
- Missed periods: while rare, a missed period has been known to occur during regular use of the pill. In this scenario, a birth control test is recommended before continuing.
As is the case with all changes in your health, if any of these symptoms persist or cause you alarm, never hesitate to seek medical guidance.
Making the right decision about your birth control in Passaic
When making a decision on the most appropriate method of birth control for your body, a qualified health care provider should always be consulted. The pill is just one of the many choices available to you as part of your health care plan. As a method for pregnancy prevention, it is highly effective, but that doesn't mean it is the only method or that it is absolutely right for you. If you are interested in finding out more about the different types of pills available and how they could work for you, give our office in Passaic a call to schedule an appointment today.