10 Common Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill

10 Common Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill

The “pill” or oral contraception is a hormone-based birth control to prevent pregnancy. However, the pill isn’t solely for preventing pregnancy. Many women use it to regulate periods, as well as alleviate PMS, acne and endometriosis.

As with any medication, the pill also has its disadvantages that women need to be aware of:

  1. Nausea: This is very common due to the hormones in the pill. Nausea usually subsides after taking the pill for an extended period of time.
  2. Breakthrough Vaginal Bleeding/Spotting: This is usually resolved as the body becomes used to the pill.
  3. Headaches: Headaches or migraines are common when taking the pill due to the hormone levels.
  4. Weight Gain: Research is unclear why this happens, but they do know that fluid retention can occur when taking the pill.
  5. Mood Fluctuations: Mood changes or emotional changes are known to be triggered by the pill. However, please be aware of your mood changes and seek assistance from your doctor so he/she can help to rectify this.
  6. Breast Tenderness: It is not unusual for breast tenderness to occur. Women may discover that tenderness decreases the longer they are on the pill.
  7. Missed Periods: Hormones in the pill may cause the occasional missed period.
  8. Decreased Libido: Sex drive may decrease .
  9. Eye changes: The pill has been connected to cornea thickening.
  10. Vaginal Discharge: Increase or decrease of vaginal discharge may occur with the pill, as well as changes to the nature of the discharge or dryness of the discharge.

As always, make an appointment with your healthcare professional if any of these symptoms persist or worsen. If something doesn’t seem right or feel right, do not hesitate to have your physician assess your situation.

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