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Noncontraceptive benefits of birth control pills

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Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills

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Most women will use birth control pills at some time in their lives. But many women don’t know that birth control pills also can be used to treat a variety of female problems and can have some surprising health benefits. Birth control pills are made of synthetic (laboratory derived) versions of the two ovarian hormones: progesterone and estradiol. Also, birth control pills can contain synthetic forms of both hormones or progesterone (progestin) only. Progestin-only pills are best for women who should not or do not want to take estrogen, but are not used as much because they have a higher rate of causing unpredictable vaginal bleeding for at least the first year.

To understand how birth control pills affect periods, it is helpful to understand how the normal menstrual cycle works. A menstrual period takes place when the uterus (womb) sheds its lining; this process is controlled by the hormones made by the ovary (estrogen and progesterone). A menstrual cycle begins with the first day of the period, lasts for about one month and is divided into two halves by ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). During the first half of the cycle, only estrogen is made. Under the influence of estrogen, the uterine lining grows to prepare for a potential pregnancy. During the second half of the cycle, after ovulation, progesterone is also made. Progesterone stops the lining from growing and prepares it for implantation of an embryo. If pregnancy does not occur, progesterone and estrogen levels fall, which triggers the shedding of the uterine lining and the next period begins.

Regulation of menstrual periods:

Most combination birth control pills contain three weeks of active pills (those that contain hormones) and one week of inactive placebo pills (those that do not contain hormones). The bleeding of the period occurs when the hormones are no longer taken during the week that the sugar or placebo pills are taken. A woman can increase the length of time between periods by taking active pills for more weeks. Some drug companies make pill packs that contain up to 3 months of continuous active pills. Women on these pills only have four periods a year, which can be convenient during such times as final exams, sports activities, or social events.

Treatment of irregular periods:

Birth control pills can be used to make irregular or unpredictable periods occur on a monthly basis. Women who have menstrual cycles longer than 35 days might not be making progesterone, which prevents the uterine lining from growing too much. Excess growth of the uterine lining can cause heavy bleeding or increase the risk for developing abnormal patterns of growth in the uterine lining, including cancer. The most common reason for irregular and infrequent periods is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Because a birth control pill contains progesterone-like medication, it can help regulate the menstrual cycle and protect the lining of the uterus against pre-cancer or cancer.

Treatment of heavy periods (menorrhagia):

Birth control pills contain a progesterone-like hormone, which makes the lining of the uterus thinner and causes lighter bleeding episodes. In rare cases, some women may not experience bleeding during the period in which they take the placebo or sugar pills. Currently marketed pills allow a woman to have a period every month, every 90 days, or once per year, as desired.

Treatment of painful periods (dysmenorrhea):

A chemical called prostaglandin is produced in the uterus at the time of the period, and can cause painful menstrual periods. Prostaglandin can cause contractions of the uterus that produce the menstrual cramping that most women experience. Women who produce high levels of prostaglandin have more intense contractions and more severe cramping. Birth control pills prevent ovulation which in turn reduces the amount of prostaglandin produced in the uterus. By doing so, birth control pills relieve menstrual cramping.

Treatment of endometriosis:

Another cause of painful menstrual cycles is endometriosis. When the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus it is called endometriosis. Just as progesterone limits the growth of the uterine lining, the progesterone-like hormones in birth control pills can limit or decrease the growth of endometriosis. Because of this, birth control pills can reduce the pain associated with endometriosis for many women.

Treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD):

Many women who have PMS or PMDD report an improvement in their symptoms while they are taking birth control pills. It is thought that birth control pills prevent the symptoms of PMS and PMDD by stopping or preventing ovulation from taking place.

Treatment for acne, hirsutism (excess hair) and alopecia (hair loss):

All birth control pills can improve acne and hair growth in the midline of the body (hirsutism) by reducing the levels of male hormones (androgens) produced by the ovary. All women make small amounts of androgens in the ovaries and adrenal glands. When these hormones are made in higher than normal amounts, or if a woman is sensitive to the androgens produced, she may start to grow hair above the lip, below the chin, between the breasts, between the belly button and pubic bone, or down the inner thigh. Birth control pills reduce production of male hormones and increase the production of the substances in the body that bind the androgens circulating in the bloodstream. Within six months of use, there is usually a reduction in the abnormal hair growth. However, when a woman has more excessive male hormone symptoms, she should see a gynecologist or primary care doctor. These symptoms may include male pattern baldness, smaller breast size, increased muscle mass, growth of the clitoris, or lowering of the pitch of the voice.

Other health benefits of birth control pills:

Women who have used birth control pills have been found to have fewer cases of anemia (low red blood cells), ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer. These beneficial effects occur because the birth control pill works by decreasing the number of ovulations, amount of menstrual blood flow, and frequency of periods.

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by Ruby Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM


7 Awesome Benefits of Birth Control

Besides the obvious one…

You already know that birth control offers ridiculously reliable protection against unplanned pregnancies—assuming you're using it correctly, that is. But BC actually has a lot of other amazing social and lifestyle benefits, too. Researchers at the family planning organization the Guttmacher Institute recently crunched the numbers, finding that women who regularly use contraception tend to have more years of education under their belt and greater economic stability—and they also form romantic partnerships that are more solid when compared to women who aren't contraception-covered. The best part is, these aren’t the only perks. Check out some of little-known health benefits of birth control, particularly the hormonal kind.

It can treat endometriosis Having endometriosis means that uterine tissue migrates out of your uterus and attaches itself it your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or other parts of the pelvic cavity. Depending on the severity and location of these tissue buildups, they can impede ovulation or fertilization, says Proudfit. It can also hurt like crazy, to the point of vomiting and debilitation. Going on the pill, however, reduces monthly uterine buildup and shedding, slowing or stopping the migration and growth of uterine tissue to other parts of your reproductive tract. This means that women who suffer from endometriosis can wait longer before trying to get pregnant, because the damage to their reproductive system is minimized. Plus—no more devastating pain.

It can help with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Women with PCOS have a hormone imbalance that leads to erratic or skipped periods, excess facial hair, obesity, ovarian cysts, infertility troubles, and other side effects. The hormone combo in the Pill rights this imbalance, so your flow comes regularly and side effects subside.

It can ease killer cramps That monthly pain that keeps you tied to the couch with a heating pad pressed to your abs is caused by chemicals called prostaglandins, which trigger muscle contractions. When you get your flow, your body cranks up prostaglandin production to help shed the uterine lining. Going on oral contraceptives, however, reduces the amount of prostaglandins your body pumps out, so you experience less discomfort. Ob-gyns have prescribed the Pill off-label for years to treat women with debilitating cramps, and a 30-year study published in 2012 study in the journal Human Reproduction bears this out.

It smooths out your skin Combination contraception lowers your body’s levels of testosterone, which all women make in small amounts. That spells good news for your skin since the hormone is the culprit behind certain acne breakouts and excess body hair growth, says Proudfit.

It shields you from anemia Women who suffer from heavy periods lose excess blood every month, and that can lead to anemia—a condition characterized by fatigue and weakness. Going on hormonal birth control makes periods shorter and lighter, so you lose less blood and aren’t robbed of your stamina, says Proudfit.

It offers some protection against Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a serious infection of the upper reproductive tract that, if left untreated, can compromise your fertility. The progestin in hormonal birth control makes cervical mucus thicker, says Proudfit, and research suggests that this forms a roadblock that makes it harder for PID-causing microbes (from bacterial STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, for example) to enter your cervix. Keep in mind, though, that the only form of birth control that can protect against STDs is condoms. So unless you’re monogamous and are totally sure your partner is STD-free, condoms are a must, even if you're taking hormonal birth control.

It can cut your odds of some cancers Women who go on the pill, ring, or other combined estrogen-progestin methods for 15 years slash their lifetime risk of developing ovarian and endometrial cancers by approximately 50 percent, according to a 2010 study. The thinking here is that hormonal BC blocks ovulation and evens out natural hormone imbalances, leading to less exposure to potentially damaging hormones, says Christine Proudfit, MD, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. One caveat: Some research suggests that taking oral contraceptives may slightly increase your risk of breast and cervical cancer, so you'll want to talk to your doctor about whether hormonal birth control is right for you if you have a family history of either disease.

photo: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM


Perimenopause: Rocky road to menopause

Symptoms we call “menopausal” often precede menopause by years.

(This article was first printed in the August 2005 issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch. For more information or to order, please go to www.health.harvard.edu/womens.)

You’re in your 40s, you wake up in a sweat at night, and your periods are erratic, and often accompanied by heavy bleeding: Chances are, you’re going through perimenopause. Many women experience an array of symptoms as their hormones shift during the months or years leading up to menopause — that is, the natural end of menstruation. Menopause is a point in time, but perimenopause (peri, Greek for “around” or “near,” + menopause) is an extended transitional state. It’s also sometimes referred to as the menopausal transition, although technically, the transition ends 12 months earlier than perimenopause (see “Stages of reproductive aging,” below). Perimenopause has been variously defined, but experts generally agree that it begins with irregular menstrual cycles — courtesy of declining ovarian function — and ends a year after the last menstrual period.

Perimenopause varies greatly from one woman to the next. The average duration is three to four years, although it can last just a few months or extend as long as a decade. Some women feel buffeted by hot flashes and wiped out by heavy periods; many have no bothersome symptoms. Periods may end more or less abruptly for some, while others may menstruate erratically for years. Fortunately, as knowledge about reproductive aging has grown, so have the options for treating some of its more distressing features.

Dance of the hormones

The physical changes of perimenopause are rooted in hormonal alterations, particularly variations in the level of circulating estrogen.

During our peak reproductive years, the amount of estrogen in circulation rises and falls fairly predictably throughout the menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels are largely controlled by two hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH stimulates the follicles — the fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries that contain the eggs — to produce estrogen. When estrogen reaches a certain level, the brain signals the pituitary to turn off the FSH and produce a surge of LH. This in turn stimulates the ovary to release the egg from its follicle (ovulation). The leftover follicle produces progesterone, in addition to estrogen, in preparation for pregnancy. As these hormone levels rise, the levels of FSH and LH drop. If pregnancy doesn’t occur, progesterone falls, menstruation takes place, and the cycle begins again.

Talk about hot … flashes that is

Most women don’t expect to have hot flashes until menopause, so it can be a big surprise when they show up earlier, during perimenopause. Hot flashes — sometimes called hot flushes and given the scientific name of vasomotor symptoms — are the most commonly reported symptom of perimenopause. They’re also a regular feature of sudden menopause due to surgery or treatment with certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs.

Hot flashes tend to come on rapidly and can last from one to five minutes. They range in severity from a fleeting sense of warmth to a feeling of being consumed by fire “from the inside out.” A major hot flash can induce facial and upper-body flushing, sweating, chills, and sometimes confusion. Having one of these at an inconvenient time (such as during a speech, job interview, or romantic interlude) can be quite disconcerting. Hot flash frequency varies widely. Some women have a few over the course of a week; others may experience 10 or more in the daytime, plus some at night.

Most American women have hot flashes around the time of menopause, but studies of other cultures suggest this experience is not universal. Far fewer Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian women report having hot flashes. In Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, women appear not to have any at all. These differences may reflect cultural variations in perceptions, semantics, and lifestyle factors, such as diet.

Although the physiology of hot flashes has been studied for more than 30 years, no one is certain why or how they occur. Estrogen is involved — if it weren’t, estrogen therapy wouldn’t relieve vasomotor symptoms as well as it does — but it’s not the whole story. For example, researchers have found no differences in estrogen levels in women who have hot flash symptoms and those who don’t. A better understanding of the causes of hot flashes could open the way to new, nonhormonal treatments. Hormone therapy quells hot flashes, but it’s not risk-free.

One line of inquiry has focused on why some women have hot flashes and others don’t. An intriguing explanation has emerged, thanks largely to research led by Wayne State University School of Medicine scientist Robert R. Freedman, who has studied hot flashes for 25 years. He and his colleagues have measured skin temperature, blood flow, and skin conductance (an electrical measure of sweating) in menopausal women before, during, and after hot flashes. They’ve asked subjects to wear monitors to collect hot flash data, swallow radiotelemetry pills to measure core body temperatures, and spend nights in a sleep laboratory to have their hot flashes tracked.

Freedman has found that women who have hot flashes have a lower tolerance for small increases in the body’s core (innermost) temperature than women who don’t have hot flashes. The body tries to maintain its core temperature within a comfortable “thermoneutral zone.” When our core temperature rises above the zone’s upper threshold, we sweat; when it drops below the lower threshold, we shiver. Women who don’t have hot flashes have a thermoneutral zone of several tenths of a degree centigrade. But in women with hot flashes, this thermoneutral zone is so narrow, it’s “virtually nonexistent,” says Freedman (see illustration). As a result, small variations in core body temperature — by as little as one-tenth of a degree centigrade — that don’t trouble some women trigger hot flashes (and chills) in others.

Source: Adapted from Freedman, RR. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 2005; 23 (2): 117-125.

What causes the thermoneutral zone to narrow? One idea is that elevated levels of the brain chemical norepinephrine are involved. Norepinephrine has been shown to reduce the thermoneutral zone in animals. Conversely, the drug clonidine, which lowers norepinephrine, widens the zone in women with hot flashes. So do estrogen and certain antidepressants, though scientists still don’t understand all the mechanisms.

Because hot flashes are triggered by elevations in core body temperature, the first-line strategy for avoiding them is keeping cool: Drink cold beverages and avoid hot ones, use fans and air conditioners, and dress in layers. Another nondrug technique is paced respiration. In controlled studies, Dr. Freedman has shown that paced respiration can reduce hot flash frequency by about 50%. Women in these studies were trained to take slow, deep, full breaths — expanding and contracting the abdomen gently while inhaling and exhaling — at a rate of about six to eight breaths per minute. One of the best ways to learn paced respiration is by taking a yoga class, then practicing this technique twice a day for 15 minutes. You can also use paced respiration whenever you feel a hot flash coming on.





muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM


By our late 30s, we don’t produce as much progesterone. The number and quality of follicles also diminishes, causing a decline in estrogen production and fewer ovulations. As a result, by our 40s, cycle length and menstrual flow may vary and periods may become irregular. Estrogen may drop precipitously or spike higher than normal. Over time, FSH levels rise in a vain attempt to prod the ovaries into producing more estrogen.

Although a high FSH can be a sign that perimenopause has begun, a single FSH reading isn’t a reliable indicator because day-to-day hormone levels can fluctuate dramatically (see middle graphic, below).

By comparison with the regularity of hormone levels before perimenopause (top graph) and their relative quiescence after it (bottom graph), the course of one perimenopausal woman’s hormones over a six-month period (middle graph) looks like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Not all women’s hormones are so adventurous.

Perimenopausal symptoms

It can be difficult to distinguish the hormonally based symptoms of perimenopause from more general changes due to aging or common midlife events — such as children leaving home, changes in relationships or careers, or the death or illness of parents. Given the range of women’s experience of perimenopause, it’s unlikely that symptoms depend on hormonal fluctuations alone.

  • Hot flashes and night sweats. An estimated 35%–50% of perimenopausal women suffer sudden waves of body heat with sweating and flushing that last 5–10 minutes, often at night as well as during the day. They typically begin in the scalp, face, neck, or chest and can differ dramatically among women who have them; some women feel only slightly warm, while others end up wringing wet. Hot flashes often continue for a year or two after menopause. In up to 10% of women, they persist for years beyond that.
    The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, which surveyed almost 15,000 women in the United States, found that, on average, African American women had more hot flashes than white women, and Asian women had the fewest of all ethnic groups surveyed. Research has also found that hot flashes are associated with greater body weight, smoking, and stress.
  • Vaginal dryness. During late perimenopause, falling estrogen levels can cause vaginal tissue to become thinner and drier. Vaginal dryness (which usually becomes even worse after menopause) can cause itching and irritation. It may also be a source of pain during intercourse, contributing to a decline in sexual desire at midlife.
  • Uterine bleeding problems. With less progesterone to regulate the growth of the endometrium, the uterine lining may become thicker before it’s shed, resulting in very heavy periods. Also, fibroids (benign tumors of the uterine wall) and endometriosis (the migration of endometrial tissue to other pelvic structures), both of which are fueled by estrogen, may become more troublesome.
  • Sleep disturbances. Data presented at a March 2005 NIH conference on managing menopausal symptoms suggest that about 40% of perimenopausal women have sleep problems. Some studies have shown a relationship between night sweats and disrupted sleep; others have not. The problem is too complex to blame on hormone oscillations alone. Sleep cycles change as we age, and insomnia is a common age-related complaint in both sexes.
  • Mood symptoms. Estimates put the number of women who experience mood symptoms during perimenopause at 10%–20%. Some studies have linked estrogen to depression during the menopausal transition, but there’s no proof that depression in women at midlife reflects declining hormone levels. In fact, women actually have a lower rate of depression after age 45 than before. Menopause-related hormone changes are also unlikely to make women anxious or chronically irritable, although the unpredictability of perimenopause can be stressful and provoke some episodes of irritability. Also, some women may be more vulnerable than others to hormone-related mood changes. The 2005 NIH conference concluded that the best predictors of mood symptoms at midlife are life stress, poor overall health, and a history of depression.
  • Other problems. Many women complain of short-term memory problems and difficulty concentrating during the menopausal transition. Although estrogen and progesterone are players in maintaining brain function, there’s too little information to separate the effects of aging and psychosocial factors from those related to hormone changes.

What to do about symptoms

Several treatments have been studied for managing perimenopausal symptoms. Complementary therapies are also available, but research on them is limited and the results are inconsistent.

  • Vasomotor symptoms. The first rule is to avoid possible triggers of hot flashes, which include warm air temperatures, hot beverages, and spicy foods. You know your triggers best. Dress in layers so you can take off clothes as needed. There’s clear evidence that paced respiration, a deep breathing technique, helps alleviate hot flashes (see sidebar story about hot flashes).

    The most effective treatment for severe hot flashes and night sweats is estrogen. Unless you’ve had a hysterectomy, you’ll also need to take a progestin to reduce the risk of developing endometrial cancer. Low-dose estrogen by pill or patch — for example, doses that are less than or equal to 0.3 milligrams (mg) conjugated equine estrogen, 0.5 mg oral micronized estradiol, 25 micrograms (mcg) transdermal (patch) estradiol, or 2.5 mcg ethinyl estradiol — works for many women. Other low-dose estradiol-based products include a skin lotion applied to the legs (Estrasorb) and a gel applied to the arms (EstroGel), both available by prescription. The long-term risks of low-dose estrogen aren’t known.


    If you need contraception and don’t smoke, you can take low-dose birth control pills until menopause (see “Irregular periods and heavy bleeding”). Another advantage of these pills is that they regulate your menses and suppress the erratic hormonal ups and downs of perimenopause; some women report feeling more even-tempered while taking them. Progestins taken alone, such as Megace and Depo-Provera, have been shown to reduce hot flashes, but their safety for this purpose has not been tested.

    Women with severe hot flashes who don’t want or can’t take a hormonal therapy may get some relief from newer antidepressants such as Effexor (venlafaxine) or certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), for example, Prozac (fluoxetine) and Paxil (paroxetine); the epilepsy drug Neurontin (gabapentin); or clonidine, a blood pressure drug. Some of these medications have side effects that may limit their usefulness. Also, some SSRIs can interfere with the metabolism of tamoxifen in certain women.

    Information on the value of nutritional supplements is mixed. Although the NIH is studying black cohosh, results from research on the possible benefits of this herb, isoflavones, and other phytoestrogens have been inconsistent as of summer 2005, in part because of varying doses and preparations. Studies of evening primrose oil, dong quai, ginseng, red clover, acupuncture, and vitamin E have shown little or no benefit in alleviating hot flashes. So-called bioidentical hormones that are compounded individually (sometimes based on blood or salivary tests of hormone levels) may help, just as FDA-approved products do, but their safety and effectiveness haven’t been well-studied.
  • Irregular periods and heavy bleeding. If you have irregular bleeding and don’t want to become pregnant, low-dose birth control pills are a good choice. By suppressing ovulation, they modulate menstrual flow, regulate periods, and stabilize endometriosis. They also protect against endometrial and ovarian cancers, stave off hot flashes, reduce vaginal dryness, and prevent bone loss. If you have abnormal bleeding, such as daily or very heavy bleeding, see your gynecologist.
    Oral contraceptives can be taken until menopause. To help determine whether you’ve reached menopause, your clinician may order a blood test of your FSH level, taken after seven days off the pill. But the only wholly reliable measure is 12 months off hormones without a menstrual period.
  • Vaginal dryness. Low-dose contraceptives or vaginal estrogen (in a cream, ring, tablet, or gel) can help relieve vaginal dryness, but hormonal treatment is not the only approach. Vaginal moisturizers such as Replens, applied twice weekly, increase vaginal moisture, elasticity, and acidity. Continued sexual activity also seems to improve vaginal tone and helps maintain the acidic environment that protects it against infections. Lubricants such as K-Y Jelly, Astroglide, and K-Y Silk-E can make intercourse less painful.

(This article was first printed in the August 2005 issue of the Harvard Women's Health Watch. For more information or to order, please go to www.health.harvard.edu/womens.)


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Its.me.Sam.
by Gold Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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andplusalso...
it allows us to freely enjy a sex life... which is a normal healthy part of being a human being... and have control over when and how and with whom we get pregnant.
... how fucking ridiculous that we are still fighting for 100% right to it in all forms.  this constant threat of taking away some portion of our reproductive control is out of control.

good information:
http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/new-roosevelt/power-pill 

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM

 Sure, if you don't mind the increased risk of reproductive cancers.  Not a worthy trade off for better skin and reduced cramps, in my view, and I didn't have 15 kids. 

And menopause is just fine without the pill.  I'm doing it now.  A few hot flashes...you throw off your robe (at home) or jacket (out).  No big deal. 

Its.me.Sam.
by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:00 AM
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Quoting TranquilMind:

 Sure, if you don't mind the increased risk of reproductive cancers.  Not a worthy trade off for better skin and reduced cramps, in my view, and I didn't have 15 kids. 

And menopause is just fine without the pill.  I'm doing it now.  A few hot flashes...you throw off your robe (at home) or jacket (out).  No big deal. 

menopause may be no big deal for YOU... but many women have a lot of issues... real valid issues.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

 Yes, I'm blessed.  The hot flashes almost never happen lately.  For awhile there it was toss the jacket off, put it on, toss it off, all day. 

Lots of women transition just fine.  Every woman doesn't need hormones and it is actually dangerous to continue to take HRT when you no longer need it. Even the doctors will try to make it very, very short term, and some won't do it at all because of the risks.  The health food store sells many things that help too. 

I'm very glad I never used hormonal birth control.   

Quoting Its.me.Sam.:

 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Sure, if you don't mind the increased risk of reproductive cancers.  Not a worthy trade off for better skin and reduced cramps, in my view, and I didn't have 15 kids. 

And menopause is just fine without the pill.  I'm doing it now.  A few hot flashes...you throw off your robe (at home) or jacket (out).  No big deal. 

menopause may be no big deal for YOU... but many women have a lot of issues... real valid issues.

 

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:09 AM
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When I was 16 I had the worse periods, I bled for weeks. The Gyn. doctor put be on Tri-leven 28 for 6 months. It regulated me, the pain eased, bleeding leveled out and I got relief.

My friend who has PCOS was put on the pill and got pregnant after stopping it.

There are benefits.

Its.me.Sam.
by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:12 AM

after i miscarried my period was insanely heavy and painful for a few months after. i was put on the pill for a while to fix it.  i am an IUD user (because the pill does some bad shit to me lol... migraines, armpit cycts the size of golf balls just to name a couple), but if not for the pill ... yikes.. not sure how long that wouldve lasted.  it was agony.

Quoting -Celestial-:

When I was 16 I had the worse periods, I bled for weeks. The Gyn. doctor put be on Tri-leven 28 for 6 months. It regulated me, the paid eased, bleeding leveled out and I got relief.

My friend who has PCOS was put on the pill and got pregnant after stopping it.

There are benefits.


kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 1:22 AM
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Most, if not all of these things, can be treated with other things that aren't as dangerous as birth control.  While you're basking in the supposed health benefits of birth control, if I took it, I have a 1 in 10 chance of DYING from taking it, due to a blood clotting disorder I didn't even know I had until 5 years ago.  Doctors hand out this potentially deadly medication like candy, without even thinking of the possible consequences.  They irresponsibly hand it out to tweens and teens, even though it has never once been tested for safety on those age groups.  Estrogen is one of the biggest causes of cancer, yet it is in almost every form of hormonal birth control, and people pop it like candy, never thinking of the possible consequences, only happy to not have to actually take the time to learn their cycles and never get pregnant, if that is what they want, without taking potentially dangerous hormones.

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