About Oral Contraceptive Birth Control Pill, Oral Contraceptive Side Effects, Delay Menstruation Use

Oral contraceptive, aka birth control pill, is a pill taken in an effort to prevent pregnancy. This method of birth control is extremely effective, albeit not 100%.

Oral contraceptives either contain estrogen and progestin combination, or just progestin. They are the laboratory equivalent of your naturally circulating female sex hormones. And because birth control pills are of a lower dosage than they use to, serious side effect risks have dramatically diminished.

Generally, how a birth control pill works is by:

  • preventing ovulation
  • changing uterine lining to prevent pregnancy from developing
  • changing the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from gaining entry

Oral contraceptives have no prevention power against STDs.

Besides birth control, contraceptive pills are sometimes prescribed to treat:

And because of the decline in monthly loss of blood, they may help with anemia as well.

As with most drugs, the taking an oral contraceptive doesn’t allay birth without some potential side effects. The most common being these minor ones:

Most of these annoying problems typically subside once your body adjusts to the pill. And taking it with food may help with your nausea.

Let your health care provider know if any of these birth control side effect symptoms become severe or chronic:

Use of oral contraceptives does increase your risk of blood clots and can cause some serious side effects. You should always consider these symptoms a health emergency while you’re on birth control pills:

Oral contraceptives may increase your risk of:

And you probably shouldn’t use any type of birth control pill if you have:

Oral contraceptive are not safe for women over 35 who smoke.

For some, delaying or avoiding menstruation altogether may provide some health benefits. Delaying your period can be accomplished with the use of certain types of oral contraceptives.

Delayed menstruation by use of birth control pills may be a good option if you have:

  • heavy, prolonged, frequent, painful periods
  • breast tenderness, bloating, PMS before period
  • headaches, cramps, other menstrual symptoms
  • health condition that is worsened by menstruation ~endometriosis, anemiaasthma, migraines, epilepsy

Delayed menstruation use does not delay menopause. And birth control pills may continue delaying your menstrual cycle for some time after you stop taking them.

And oral contraceptives can be a cause for vocal cord edema and rhinitis, which results in a hoarse voice and runny nose.