Contraception is mainly associated with preventing pregnancies. However, family planning has benefits that go beyond birth control. Studies have associated family planning services with many health-related benefits such as regular periods, healthy babies, clearing up the skin, preventing unwanted hair growth, and reducing the risk of many health conditions.
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Many women suffer from irregular periods making it hard for them to time their fertile days. Conventional birth control medication contains the hormones progestin and estrogen that promote regular periods. Your ovaries produce these same hormones. If you take the “active pills” for three weeks, and the “inactive” pills for one week, you will get your periods during the week when you are taking the inactive pills.
With newer birth control pills, you can control when you get your periods. For example, you can take 24 active pills and 4 inactive pills for a shorter monthly cycle. You can also take the active pills for a more extended period, like three months, before taking a break. This means you will be getting your periods four times every year.
Pregnancies that are close together or wrongly timed can result in high infant mortality rates. Family planning helps women plan their pregnancies to ensure the baby is receiving adequate care before it is born, and even after birth. An example of the effect of birth control on the infant mortality rate is the case of New Zealand.
In the 50s, the infant mortality rate in New Zealand was 26 infant deaths for every 1,000 births. This was before family treatment like the Pill was available. In 2012, the infant mortality rate dropped significantly. This proves that better hygiene and healthcare, together with the use of modern contraceptive methods, have led to this significant improvement.
Clears Up the Skin and Prevents Unwanted Hair Growth
Contraception is effective in improving acne and hair growth. The pills reduce the male hormone levels produced by your ovaries. If you have high levels of androgen, you will begin growing hair above your lip, below your chin, and between your belly button and breasts. Within a few months of taking birth control pills, you will notice a significant reduction of unusual hair growth.
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Birth control pills also have positive effects on acne. The pills have hormones that stop the formation of acne. However, you will have to take this medication for a few months before you notice any significant improvements.
Reduces The Risk of Endometrial and Ovarian Cancer
Studies have shown that oral contraceptives reduce the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer. Many studies have found a significant reduction in endometrial cancer among women who took oral family planning treatment. According to the Cancer and Steroid Hormone (CASH) study in the US, it was established that there was a 40% reduction in the cases of endometrial cancer even after the use of OC had been discontinued. While the reason pill’s effect are not apparent, scholars believe that the progestin in the pill prevents the effects of estrogen on your endometrium.
The CASH study also identified a 40% reduction in a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. Studies have attributed these effects to the suppression of the secretion of a hormone known as gonadotropin. Many studies have confirmed the impact of birth control medication on ovarian and endometrial cancer.
Reduces The Risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Many studies have linked oral contraceptives by reducing the chances of pelvic inflammatory disease. This condition is the primary cause of female infertility. According to these studies, OC lowers the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease by up to 40%.
Oral contraceptives lower one’s risk of pelvic inflammatory disease using two mechanisms: Altering the cervical mucus to prevent pathogenic organisms from going into the genital tract and reducing the menstrual blood flow, thereby making the surroundings unfavorable for bacteria to thrive. One downside to these results is that research on oral contraceptives and pelvic inflammatory disease has been based on hospitalized patients. Therefore, the studies do not apply to asymptomatic women who have not been hospitalized.
Lowers the Risk of Cramps, PMS, and Anemia
Taking birth control pills reduces the menstrual bleeding risk by making the uterus lining thinner and preventing ovulation. A light period reduces your risk of suffering from anemia that leads to heavy bleeding. Birth control pills also relieve painful cramps by lightening your periods and preventing ovulation.
For premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), birth control eases symptoms such as breast soreness, mood swings, bloating, weight gain, and acne. The pills even out your hormone levels to relieve these symptoms. Birth control also results in fewer menstrual migraines.
Family planning is an ancient practice that started with the aim of preventing childbirth. However, over time, researchers have linked birth control medication with many health benefits. Family planning treatment has been associated with improved periods, healthy babies, and a reduced risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, reduced risk of cramps, PMS, and anemia, and relieving acne and unusual hair growth.
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Your health is important to us; this is why, here at Mango Clinic, we provide low-cost options, flexible alternatives, and reliable treatment. We shall assess your condition and listen to your needs to determine the most appropriate birth control treatment. Don’t hesitate to call us or visit us at Miami offices to schedule an appointment.