Thousands of women take the birth control pill and assume that it is safe due to it being so easily accessible. However, this isn’t really the case; in fact, the birth control pill can really mess with your life.
The sad part is that women don’t even seem to talk about the reality of this ‘magic’ pill that helps to prevent pregnancy and doctors don’t tell us all the risks associated with it either. It is as if talking about this topic is taboo, but it shouldn’t be, and every woman who is on the pill or is thinking about going on the pill has the right to know the health risks associated with it.
Despite the major improvements to the pill over the years, which have technically made the pill safer to take, there are still plenty of underlying risks and dangers to it that remain hidden and affect us daily.
What is the birth control pill?
The birth control pill is a pill that you take once a day, preferably at the same time daily, helps prevent pregnancies and is up to 99.9% effective. Many women, once they hear this, are drawn in and ready to start taking it as it seems to eliminate the need for condoms.
Although it does not help to prevent against STDs, many women are in favor of the pill to make their love lives easier. It seems that we only hear the good about the pill, and the risks that we do hear about, we are guaranteed won’t actually happen to us, which makes no sense because the risks can happen to everyone—and they do happen.
The pill is able to prevent pregnancies because it has a certain amount of engineered estrogen and progestin hormones along with other chemicals. In simple terms, these hormones then control when your period occurs by stopping ovulation until you take a week off from the pill by taking the sugar pills, which do nothing, and allow for your period to occur. Then, when your period is done, you go back to the actual pills.
The mild, but still horrible side effects
These symptoms may seem like a breeze, and are supposed to fade away within a few months of taking these pills. However, they can end up being permanent, lasting much longer and altering too much of your behavior and body to the point where damage is hard to reverse if not irreversible.
Some of the most common and mild side effects are nausea, breast tenderness, an increase in breast size, bloating, weight gain, water retention, headaches, increased or decreased appetite, mood swings and changes in behavior and emotions.
In addition, there is the risk of getting acne, bad looking skin, cellulite, unhealthy looking hair, a decreased libido and irregular bleeding or spotting. All of these side effects of the pill are supposed to last for 1-3 months, but that can and does vary depending on the person's body and what brand of birth control pills the person takes.
All of these side effects are caused due to the increase and decrease of hormones. They are also caused by all the changes your body goes through due to the pill; this then creates a vicious chain of events, which causes more changes in the levels of certain hormones and chemicals within your body.
The severe side effects
As appealing as the pill may sound to people who are sexually active, there are other contraceptives, such as condoms, which can be used to prevent pregnancies. Condoms don’t feature any of the side effects that are associated with the pill since they are not filled with chemicals and man-made hormones. They especially won’t give you these severe and very dangerous health risks and symptoms.
Some of the most dangerous side effects of the pill are an increased risk of cervical and breast cancer, an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke, migraines, high blood pressure, gallbladder diseases, infertility, liver tumors, a decrease in bone density, a yeast overgrowth or infection, depression and blood clots.
Due to all the chemicals and hormones in these pills, which alter your body in a way that is unnatural, the risk of many diseases and health problems become very high and very dangerous. The birth control pills destroy beneficial and important bacteria in your intestines, and after years of taking these pills, the results end up with you having an imbalanced, unnatural inner body. The longer you stay on the pill, the worse the chances of getting all these health risks and side effects become.
Even when you go off the pill you will still have lots of health issues and hurdles to jump over. By going off the pill (especially if you have been on it for a very long time), you will have to go through acne, severe weight gain and behavioral issues due to your body being in shock from not having all the chemicals in your body while it will also be trying to flush it all out.
It is safer to go off of the pill than it is to stay on it. The longer you are on the pill, the worse the risks and side effects become while you are on it, and the worse the withdrawal, chances of the risks, and side effects will be when you come off of it.
There are plenty of other health risks and dangers, but these are the most common ones. It is important to know all of the facts about any medication, especially this one since it alters your hormones and it can change your life for the worse, if you have any comments, feel free to share!