Top 10 Common Birth Control Pill Side Effects

By Steve Marc

Birth control pills are reliable when it comes to controlling unwanted pregnancy. They are highly effective contraceptive when taken appropriately. But to reap that benefit, you may also have to deal with depression, some extra pounds, and other not very pleasant side effects. These come as just mild irritations for some women while for others, they are annoying enough to make them switch or to discontinue using the birth control pill. Continue Reading

Look For Skin Friendly Birth Control Pills

By Steve Marc

If you’re dealing with acne and nothing is really improving your condition, then try your luck with birth control pills. Acne is a problem that is faced by millions of people during their adolescent and adult years throughout the world.

A wide range of products can be used for the treatment of acne and scars, including topical creams (meant to be applied on the skin) that contain benzoyl peroxide. However, a little way-out category of medications that are known to help improve the appearance of acne is oral contraceptives, otherwise known as birth control pills. Doctors prescribe birth control pills as off-label acne medications when other acne-fighting treatments fail. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has approved different types of birth control pills to be prescribed to specifically combat acne.

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The contraceptive pill and acne:

The main culprit behind the development of acne is the male sex hormone androgen, which is made in larger amounts during puberty. This hormone is present in small amounts in girls too. Inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne can improve in girls and women who use contraceptive pills as birth control. The pills that help against acne have the hormones estrogen and progestin in them. But most contraceptive pills have not been specifically approved for the treatment of acne. There are also non-hormonal therapies which can help against acne, some of which have fewer side effects.

The frequency and severity of side effects are influenced by the dose of hormones in the birth control pills. But the possible side effects might still play an important role when deciding which pill to use. So knowing whether some contraceptive pills are more likely than others to improve your complexion, and which side effects they might have, is helpful.

Also Read: All you need to know about birth control methods

Pills Approved to Fight Acne:

The three types of birth control pills, namely, Yaz, Estrotep and Ortho Try-Cyclen are now FDA approved to fight acne. The main active ingredients comprised in these pills are estrogen and progestin which work to lower the levels of androgens (male hormones) in the body. When the level of androgens in the body decrease, the production of sebum, or oil also decreases which results in the breakout of acne. It’s important to note that it may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to notice an improvement in your acne.

Usage Directions:

Birth control pills are normally taken consecutively for 21 days followed by two days of placebo pills, which trigger menstruation. Pills should be taken at the same time each day. However, if you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if you must take two pills at the same time. While each brand has certain benefits, you need to keep in mind that everyone has different benefits. Thus, there are possibilities that a certain brand may not be able to help in treating your condition. In that case, try other available options to improve your condition.

Added Benefits:

Birth control pills give a boost of estrogen to your body which may prove helpful in staving off the signs of aging. Many doctors who conducted studies on women found that increased amounts of estrogen in the body improve skin’s elasticity. A good amount of elasticity in the skin makes it resistant to wrinkling and other signs of aging.

Possible Side Effects:

Birth control pills give you the dual benefit of controlling acne along with preventing pregnancy but just like any other medication they pose the risk for side effects too. Common side effects of birth control pills that users have reported include nausea, moodiness, weight gain, breast tenderness and, breakthrough bleeding. More serious, but very rare, side effects include headaches, depression, hypertension, migraine, blood clots, and stroke.

Also Read: How to Handle Postpartum Depression

Other Acne Treatment Ideas:

If using birth control pills to manage acne doesn’t appeal to you, there still are many other options to fix this problem. Get the hang of your present acne situation by a dermatologist and get yourself prescribed some antibiotic medications that are exclusively designed to fight acne. These medications may include Erythromycin, Accutane and, Minocycline, among others.

Conclusion:

Using birth control pills can improve the complexion of girls and women who have acne. The artificial hormones incorporated in birth control pills can help reduce the oil secretion and help ward off acne. If none of these birth control pills are right for you, there are many other options available. The choice is all yours, weigh all of the benefits and do your research, you can also take the help of a physician. You will certainly find the best birth control pills that best suits you and your condition.

 

All You Need To Know About Birth Control Methods

By Stella Green

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The family planning probably starts with the correct use of effective birth control methods. As both the partners are equally responsible for reproduction, all means of birth control for men and women are needed to be assessed properly before using.

Though there is no comparison between different kinds of birth control methods meant for men and women, but men have very limited options. On the other hand, women have a number of options from birth control pills to IUD to prevent the possibility of childbirth. Let’s have a look at some of the most effective preventive methods:

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Condoms for Male and Female:

Condoms are the most widely used birth control products being applied for years. These are rubber-made wrappers that men wear prior to sex. If it’s properly slipped over a man’s penis then it contains sperm after ejaculation and thus prevents sperm from ovulation. In other words, sperm remaining out of vaginal contact removes the possibility of its transmission, and, at the same time, the condom doesn’t take out the pleasure of sexual intercourse. Male condoms not only prevent pregnancy but also lower the risks of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are different shapes, sizes, aromatic and lubricated condoms to choose from. Some basic types of male condoms include spermicide, spermicide-free, latex, and non-latex.

Now female condoms are also available and women can insert these plastic cover deep into the vagina to prevent the contact of male sperm.

Condoms are one of the most effective birth control methods that both male and female should use as long as they want to avoid pregnancy. It’s also important to mention that the failure rate of condoms is about 15% (male) and 21% (female).

Birth Control Pills:

Birth control pills are specifically made oral contraception for women. These pills can make certain hormonal changes to check ovaries from releasing eggs. So, eggs are prevented from contacting with the sperm, a process necessary to prevent pregnancy. The birth control pills are designed to thicken a woman’s cervical mucus, lowering the flow of eggs and blocking sperm headed towards the uterus. Women who often have sex should take these pills almost every day for effective prevention of pregnancy.

There are basically two types of birth control pills such as monthly combination pills that have estrogen/progestin and non-estrogen pills. The pack of a monthly combination pill is taken during three consecutive weeks, of which a week of placebos will help you find your period back. And those women who develop side-effects of combination pills are often prescribed to take progestin-only pills.

Female barrier methods of birth control:

The prevention of fertilizing an egg can simply minimize the possibility of pregnancy and for that, there are different barrier methods are used by a female. They use different devices to block sperm transmission. Among different kinds of birth control methods, these devices have a good success rate. These barrier methods include:

  • Diaphragm

Made of silicon, a diaphragm is a dome-shaped cup that females can insert into the vagina before sex. This device can cover the cervix, blocking sperm from reaching to the uterus. The female should learn how to put this device properly for best results. The failure rate of the diaphragm is about 16%.

  • Cervical cap

A silicon-made cup that looks like a sailor’s hat, the cervical cap keeps sperm out of the uterus. Women have to insert this cap into the vagina to cover the cervix, so it prevents the chances of pregnancy after intercourse. You should use this cap with spermicide for effective results.

  • IUD

A T-shaped plastic device, IUD is placed inside the uterus to divert the flow of sperm, preventing the fertilization process. IUDs are found to be a very effective birth control method that remains active for a long time. If you want to get pregnant, then remove the IUD with the help of an expert.

  • Contraceptive sponge

The contraceptive sponge is a form of round piece made of white plastic foam with a little dimple on one side. It contains spermicide and is inserted deep into the vagina to block the cervix for preventing sperm transmission. Though the use of this sponge is comparatively less effective it’s still applied widely.

Also Read: Your Guide to Birth Control Methods

Other female birth control methods:

There are some other kinds of birth control options for women, such as:

  • Birth control patch

This thin and beige piece of plastic patch is of small size square-shape. It remains stuck to the skin and releases contraceptive hormones to prevent the ovary from releasing eggs. Women have to replace the patch once a week. It works in the pattern of three-weeks on and one-week off.

  • Vaginal ring

The vaginal ring is a small and flexible plastic ring that has to be inserted into the vagina once a month. This ring releases hormones to prevent the ovary from releasing eggs.

  • The shot

The birth control shot keeps female from getting pregnant for different times. Also known as ‘Depo’, the shot contains progestin that prevents ovaries from joining eggs in the first place. Probably, one injection of short works for three months.

Sterilization:

When we talk about different kinds of birth control methods the picture remains incomplete without sterilization. It’s a surgical procedure to close or block the Fallopian tubes (the tubes where sperm and eggs meet) so that women can’t get pregnant. Sterilization offers a permanent solution of birth control and it’s performed on both male and female.

Vasectomy is the most popular surgery for men in which a surgeon block the Fallopian tubes to check the flow of seminal fluid.

Tubal ligation sterilization is taken from women. In this type of surgery too, a surgeon cuts a woman’s Fallopian tube, so the eggs are kept out of the ovaries.

Conclusion:

The unprotected sex between adult partners always leaves a chance of pregnancy. The use of an appropriate birth control method is a very essential part of the family planning and you can take an advice of expert whenever necessary. Even if you have unprotected sex, where the different kinds of birth control options to be taken afterword. The most common one is birth control pills. But, the most important thing is to keep you safe and unaffected from the side-effects of any of the birth control means.

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Your Guide To Birth Control Methods

By Stella Green

Guide to Birth Control Methods

If you do not want to conceive, numerous birth control methods are available today that can help prevent pregnancy. Read on to know some of the pros and cons of the popular birth control methods to help you make your choice of a method. To compare the choices, it is necessary to know about the effects of the same.
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Spring: A Season of Health

By Steve Marc

spring break_RRx With spring break around the corner, you just want to celebrate by breaking free. You want to break free from you monotony at school and college and try something you’ve never tried before. Traveling is on the top of the agenda for many. While that may be a great plan, it has to be done carefully. For those staying home, you want to ensure that you religiously maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not danger yours or other people’s lives by indulging in dangerous activities. Continue Reading