Combined contraceptive pills are hormonal pills for preventing unwanted pregnancy. These pills contain two sex hormones to prevent ovulation. The combined oral contraceptive pill can be taken by almost all women of all ages. If taken properly, this is one of the most effective methods for preventing pregnancy.
This pill contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. Besides protecting your from unwanted pregnancy, the pill has system-wide effects on the body that have the potential for treating multiple gynecological conditions:
- Apart from contraception, you can regularize your irregular cycle by opting for this pill. A new cycle rhythm will quickly be established if you take this pill continuously, with a one week off and three weeks on.
- Painful menstruation, also called dysmenorrhoea, is a well known problem, especially in young girls. The pill can be an effective treatment for painful menstruation.
- Contraceptive pills are very effective for treating premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. If you are suffering from PMS and do not want to get pregnant, your doctor is very likely to recommend you go on the birth control pill to minimize your symptoms.
- Excessive menstrual flow is termed menorrhagia, and combined oral contraceptive pills can reduce menstrual blood loss. Thus, they are very effective if your period is heavy and prolonged.
- If you are in the birth control pill, your cervical mucus will thicken. This isn't just a mechanism to prevent conception, though there is a spermicidal effect as well. The user also has a reduced risk of acquiring pelvic inflammatory disease, as this is caused by infections working their way up the reproductive tract.
- A pill user has a reduced chance of having an ectopic pregnancy and endometriosis. The cause is exactly not known.
- Uterine fibroids, common benign growths of the uterus, are also less commonly found in a pill user.
- The hormonal content of the pills can maintain a steady level of sex hormones in your blood. Thus, you have a smaller chance of developing acne and excessive growth of body hairs which are caused by hormonal imbalances.
- A few benign disorders can also be prevented if you are a long time pill user. Ovarian cysts and benign breast tumors are less likely to be found in pill users. Moreover, bone loss and fractures are less common in those women who continue OCP for a long time. Rheumatoid arthritis, a form of arthritis have been found to have less commonly found in women having used pills for a long period.
- Interestingly, a long term pill user gets protection from few cancers. The pills could protect you from uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and surprisingly from colorectal cancers. All these are study results and well established facts. A long term contraceptive pill user has 50 percent reduced chance of developing endometrial cancer, a 40 percent reduced chance of developing ovarian cancer and 40 percent reduced chance of developing colorectal cancers in contrast to non-users.
Thus, an oral contraceptive pill can act as a multi-tasker. It can protect you from pregnancy, but also benefit you in numerous other ways.
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