8 Reasons (Other Than Preventing Pregnancy) to Take Birth Control
Reason #5: Birth control keeps your blood in your body where it belongs.
Depending on how it is used, the birth control pill reduces or prevents your period. In either case, this means you have less or no monthly flow to cope with. Not only does this help you avoid anemia, but it also keeps your energy level regular throughout the month.
Reason #6: Birth control can ease symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, causes your body to retain eggs when it is time to ovulate. By regulating your hormones and thus your cycles, the pill can guard against infertility as well as the low energy, weight gain and depression PCOS can cause.
Reason #7: Birth control can help your body cope with peri-menopause.
Peri-menopause is the period that precedes menopause (that date when your body has not had a menstrual cycle for one full year). Peri-menopause is when those unpleasant symptoms every woman knows about can occur – weight gain, mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes and spotting. By regulating your hormones, the pill can act as a type of hormone replacement therapy to gently ease your body through peri-menopause.
Reason #8: Birth control can help keep you sane.
If you have ever felt like you are going crazy in the week prior to your monthly cycle, you are in good company! The natural upswings and downswings in your progesterone and estrogen levels are responsible for the moodiness, discomfort, bloating and other symptoms so many women dread. Since the pill regulates your hormones and limits/eliminates ovulation, you won’t have to plan around your “monthly craziness” anymore.
While even the birth control pill has limits in terms of what it can do to reduce the risk of serious illness or disease, regulate mood and energy level and prevent pregnancy, it is still by far the best thing modern medicine has to offer to help women cope with health issues unique to being a female.
With the help of the pill, you gain the ability to regulate your weight, your mood, your independence and your life.