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When many young women become sexually active, having a baby, especially in college, is the last thing on their minds.

Birth Control Pills

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If you’ve been thinking about taking birth control pills, or “the pill,” you should take the time to do some research and find out the facts.

Birth control pills have many positive effects like preventing pregnancy, but they may cause problems in the long-run.

Going on the pill is a serious matter. Consider the pros and cons and then decide if the pill is right for you.

Cons

For some women, going on the pill can be a scary thing. For others, it’s like taking vitamin C. Everyone reacts differently when on the pill. Some of the cons consist of:

– Stroke and blood clots which can lead to heart attacks.

– Cholesterol elevation.

– If you smoke for a long period of time, taking birth control can lead to thrombosis.

– Taking the pill can cause liver or kidney failure.

– The pill can also lead to other types of cancer.

Pros

As mentioned, birth control pills can be beneficial to both you and your body:

– The pill is very effective if taken correctly.

– If taking the pill properly, it can regulate your menstrual cycle if it’s irregular (it can also relieve menstruation cramps).

– It has been shown to prevent the reoccurrence of ovarian cysts.

– Some forms of the pill are used to clear up acne.

– Depending on the pill, it can decrease the risk of endometrial cancer and ovarian caner.

Other side effects that come with taking the pill are breast tenderness, spotting, nausea and vomiting. It can also become difficult to remember your pill each day which, and if taken irregularly, the pill could have potentially harmful side effects.

No matter what type of birth control pill you decide to take, remember to consider the brand and the pros and cons of taking the pill before doing so.

The pros may outweigh the cons, but this doesn’t mean that you’re out of the danger zone. Before you decide to go on the pill, do your research and talk to your doctor. Find out what type of pill is right and safe for you.

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