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Oral Contraceptives Provide a Variety of Benefits

oral-contraceptivesThe Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that from 2011-2013 more than 37 million women in the United States used contraception. Of those women, 16% chose oral contraceptives (like the Pill)– that comes out to more than 6 million women!

Planned Parenthood says that the Pill is the most “scrupulously tested medication of our time” and promotes it as a way for women not only to avoid pregnancy, but to gain a variety of benefits such as:

  • less menstrual flow and cramping
  • fewer ovarian cysts
  • reduced risk of cancer of the lining of the uterus and of the ovaries
  • less iron-deficiency anemia that results from heavy menses
  • less acne
  • fewer premenstrual symptoms, as well as related headaches and depression
  • protection against osteoporosis — loss of bone mass
  • less vaginal dryness and painful intercourse associated with menopause

In addition to this list, our office has found the Pill to be beneficial for ladies who suffer from Endometriosis.   If we can reduce menstrual flow, we can provide relief to many ladies who find this time of the month to be excruciating. Additionally, by regulating hormones and keeping things balanced, we hope to avoid the formulation of more endometriosis implants. The Pill is a great medication for ladies who don’t want to have an IUD inserted.

Oral contraceptives can be prescribed by your doctor or a women’s health clinic alike, but if you find yourself having abnormal periods, unusual pain, heavy bleeding, or you feel like something just isn’t right, you may want to see a specialist beforehand. And if you’re ever not happy with your contraception, we are happy to help you find the one that’s right for you.

Posted in Birth Control, Diseases and Conditions, Endometriosis, Medications and Prescriptions, Symptoms, Treatments

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