Birth control pills A necessary evil

Unwanted pregnancies can be avoided through the use of birth control pills although Its seen as a necessary evil because it has its disadvantages.

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Most unwanted pregnancies can be avoided through the use of birth control pills. Its seen as a necessary evil because it has its disadvantages but they can’t be avoided if you want to either space your kids in marriage or avoid unwanted pregnancies outside of marriage.

Being a parent is harder than it looks so you want to be super ready before taking on that lifelong responsibility.

These are a few things you should know about birth control pills and how they work.

Definition

Birth control pills are also known as contraceptives, although some people refer to it simply as the pill. It is a kind of medication that women could take daily or within 72hrs after sex, to prevent pregnancy. These pills contain hormones that change the body functions to prevent the user from getting pregnant.

Work process

Most birth control pills contain two hormones; estrogen and progesterone. These hormones prevent woman from releasing eggs during their monthly cycle. This implies that the woman will not ovulate and there can’t be pregnancy without ovulation. These contraceptives can also work by thickening the mucus around the cervix called cervical mucus, which makes it difficult for sperm to penetrate the uterus to reach the egg that may have been released.

Usage

There are many types of contraceptive but the most common are the ones that are taken after sex, within a 72hr window or the pills that come in a 21-day pack or a 28-day pack. The ones that come in a  21-day pack, is used every day for 21 days and then stopped for 7 days so that the woman can have her menstrual period while the 28-day pack is is broken down into hormone pills and inactive pills(not containing hormone). The 7 pills that contains no hormone for is taken for 7 days. You can have your period once you stop taking the pills with no hormone. There’s also a pill that decreases a woman’s menstrual cycle to once every three months. It consists of hormone pills for 12 weeks and inactive pills for 7 days.

It is important to consult a Doctor, preferably a gynaecologist, when choosing the pill to use. This way the doctor can recommend a contraceptive that suits your body type. Also remember that birth control pills only prevents you from getting pregnant, it doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

The birth control pill is safe and women who use it have little to no side effects. However, some women will experience these side effects in the first three months of using the pills:

-Irregular menstrual cycle,

-Nausea

-Dizziness

-Breast tenderness

-Mood swings

-Blood clots which will be rare in women under 35 who do not smoke.

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