Finding the Right Birth Control Pill

Finding the Right Birth Control Pill


Hormonal birth control, or oral contraceptives, have been one of the best advances in modern medicine. Birth control pills give women a very easy and trusted method to carry out family planning choices and prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, many women are apprehensive about birth control pills due to side effects. While there are certain side effects that should be taken into consideration, women should know that there are countless birth control pills to choose from and your physician can work with you to find one that involves minimal disruption to your quality of life.


What Works for You May Not Work For Your Friend


This is important. Everybody is unique. Each woman has a unique level of hormones and body chemistry that can influence how she reacts to a certain birth control pill. If you are struggling to find a birth control option that you love, don’t give up. Always be transparent with your provider and discuss any negative side effects you are experiencing.


Give Your Body Time to Adjust


Whether it is the pill, a patch or vaginal ring, hormonal contraceptives work by delivering man-made hormones (estrogen and progestin) to impede your body’s natural cyclic hormones and prevent pregnancy. This takes time. Your body may need 2 to 3 months to respond to the new hormones and find a new rhythm. In the meantime, it is common to experience heightened side effects. It is important to do your best to stay on a birth control pill long enough to know whether the negative side effects will subside, as they often do. 


The Positive Side Effects of Birth Control Pills


With the fear of negative side effects, it is easy to overlook the positive side effects or benefits that can be gained from taking hormonal contraceptives. In fact, many women elect birth control pills for reasons beyond pregnancy prevention, especially those who have an imbalance with their natural hormones. Here are some common perks of hormonal contraceptives:



Finding the Right Birth Control Method


If you are fearful of experiencing negative effects from taking oral contraceptives, such as weight gain, nausea, mood swings or low libido, talk to your physician. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we offer a full range of oral contraceptives as well as other means of birth control. We will work diligently to find one that your body tolerates best. If hormonal birth control is not working out, we can also recommend another method, such as an IUD implant or a barrier practice. Don’t suffer in silence – your birth control pill should not be ruining your quality of life!



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