The Secondary Benefits of Contraception

By now, it is a well-known fact that contraception can prevent pregnancy. However, this is not the only benefit that you can get from contraception. In fact, there are number of women who use hormonal contraception for different health reasons.

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Regulates menstruation

Factors such as excessive exercise and stress, can all play a part in making your periods irregular. It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe the contraceptive pill, as a way to replace lost oestrogen in the body, helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. As well as regulating periods, the contraceptive pill can also make periods lighter, ideal for women who suffer with heavy menstrual bleeds.

Treats Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrial tissue, similar to those found in the womb lining is also found outside the womb, such as the ovaries, top of the vagina and pelvic lining. These tissues will usually build up and break down inside the womb, causing bleeding. However, in women with endometriosis, the blood is unable to escape, causing pain and swelling in the pelvic region. Contraception is commonly prescribed to women with endometriosis and works by making the uterus lining thinner, causing periods to become shorter and lighter. As a result, endometrial symptoms are reduced.

Treats Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), is a condition that affects a woman’s ovaries. Common symptoms for women who have PCOS, include hirsutism (excessive hair growth), weight gain, acne, difficulty getting pregnant, irregular periods or no periods. Although there are a number of treatment options for PCOS, taking the contraceptive pill for PCOS is very common. This is because it helps to lower some hormones helping to regulate your menstrual cycle. This can also help to treat hair loss and acne.

Keeps Acne At Bay

Acne is due to the imbalance of hormones known as androgens. It is caused when the hair follicles in the skin become blocked. High androgen levels can lead to excess sebum, which causes acne.

A doctor can prescribe the pill for acne, if other treatments fail to work. Birth control pills, which contain the hormones oestrogen and progestrogen, work by lowering the amount of androgens produced in your body. The result is a decrease in the production of sebum, and a reduction in acne.

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Reduces the Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

Although the risk of breast, cervical, and liver cancer appears to be higher in women who use the contraceptive pill, experts have found that the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer is reduced.

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