These pills are considered the best method to prevent unwanted pregnancy. But they aren’t the healthiest. These pills can disrupt normal bodily processes.
Birth control pills can cause:
- Blood clots. If you experience swollen leg or chest pain, stop the pill and go see a doctor for an evaluation.
- Breakthrough bleeding. This is caused by hormones making the endometrial lining thinner and more fragile. This is less likely to happen if you take the pill for a long time.
- Mood swings. You can experience mood swings and depression.
- Milk production. Breast milk production can decrease by 5%.
- Faux premenstrual symptoms. You may have headaches, breast tenderness, nausea, water retention and mood swings.
- Destroys good digestive bacteria. You can become more susceptible to yeast overgrowth and infection.
- Disrupts ovulation. Specific hormones that prevent ovulation are released in the body. The maturation of a follicle for ovulation is avoided.
- Cervical mucus change. The cervical mucus is thickened so the sperm cannot reach the egg.
- Damages the lining of the uterus. The uterine lining becomes unreceptive to the implantation of a fertilized egg, because of the levels of progesterone.
Women usually take the pill from a young age and stop only when they want to conceive. These side effects don’t mean that the woman becomes infertile, but affects fertility for a long time.