Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, is a method or device used to prevent pregnancy.
The birth control pill is a supposed safe, simple, and convenient way to prevent pregnancy.
Like everything else, the pill has its advantages and disadvantages. Most ladies are barely aware of the negative effects, this article will however inform you of what you probably never knew about.
1. Hampers Fertility
It may slow down conception as your hormones will be struggling to adjust. Sometimes, it could be up to a year.
Taking birth control can mask many problems that a woman may have with her fertility. Because of this, treatment for these problems may not happen in time, and conceiving a child could be out of the cards entirely.
Women who take oral contraceptives and have a history of migraines have an increased risk of stroke compared to non-users with a history of migraines.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye.
In-take of oral contraceptives for more than 3 years significantly increases the risk of glaucoma.
4. Nutrient Depletion
Taking oral contraceptives contributes to nutrient deficiencies, including vitamins B2, B6, B12, and C; folic acid16, magnesium, selenium, and zinc9.
5. Heart Attack
Smokers who are on the pill have a great chance of getting a heart attack at some point.
Using oral contraceptives for a long time during reproductive age may be a risk factor for developing diabetes after menopause.
Skin darkens on the upper lip, cheeks, forehead, or under the eyes (chloasma). This may slowly fade after you stop taking the pills, but in most cases, it is permanent.
8. Blood Clot
Women who use birth control pills are at a slightly increased risk of having a blood clot in the legs or lungs.
This is two to six times higher in oral contraceptive users than in nonusers.
9. Decreased Sex Drive
There is a high tendency for women to experience a decreased interest in sex, decreased ability to achieve orgasms, and increased pain during sexual intercourse.
10. Blood Pressure
Women taking birth control pills usually have a small increase in blood pressure, although readings usually remain within the normal range.
Blood pressure should be closely monitored for several months after a woman starts taking oral contraceptives, and followed yearly thereafter.