8 Reasons (Other Than Preventing Pregnancy) to Take Birth Control
Birth control has been practiced in some form or another as far back as 3000 B.C. But it wasn’t until 1960 that a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved birth control pill was made available to the public.
Since that time, we continue to learn more about the many ways that taking birth control pills can offer women more independent, improved health and a better overall quality of life. In this post, learn about 8 compelling reasons – other than preventing a pregnancy – that you may want to take the birth control pill.
Reason #1: Birth control can help you avoid catching the flu.
“Cold and flu season” couldn’t be more inconveniently timed. The last thing you want to do during the holidays is come down with the flu! But research now shows that taking the birth control pill can help your body fight back against the flu virus.
Reason #2: Birth control can lower your ovarian cancer risk.
Ovarian and endometrial cancer are two cancer forms unique to women. By keeping hormone levels regular and preventing ovulation, taking the pill can cut your risk for developing both kinds of cancer.
Reason #3: Birth control can help prevent skin blemishes.
Whether your battle is with zits or unwelcome hair growth or both, taking birth control pills can keep your troubles to a minimum by reducing the production of androgens (testosterone) in your body.
Reason #4: Birth control can manage endometriosis.
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, you don’t need to be told how painful it can be! The pill reduces the amount of tissue buildup in your uterus, meaning there is less risk each month of tissue growing outside the uterus as well. This is why doctors commonly prescribe the pill to women who are struggling with endometriosis.