For many, the phrase “birth control” brings to mind birth control pills. In this post, we discuss hormonal birth control, which contains estrogen or progestin, or in some cases only progestin. You can use hormonal birth control in pill form, get injections, use a skin patch, get an implant like an IUD, or a vaginal ring.
Dr. Marsha Bornt and her team at Apple Hill Gynecology want you to have access to the type of contraception that works best for your life. We’ve found that many women have only heard about the potential downside of using hormonal birth control. Although some women don’t do well with hormonal birth control, there are quite a few benefits.
In this post we discuss five benefits you may notice when you’re taking hormonal birth control, in whatever form suits you the best.
1. You decide when to get pregnant
One of the most important benefits of birth control is the “control” part. When you use an effective contraceptive, you get to decide when you’re ready to get pregnant. It isn’t up to chance or fate.
You likely want to make sure you’re psychologically, financially, and otherwise ready to welcome a baby into your life. Using hormonal birth control gives you the option of deciding when you’re ready to conceive.
Hormonal birth control makes your period happen on a regular schedule. You won’t need to wonder when you need to be prepared. You’ll know.
A “regular” period might be one that happens every three months. With some types of birth control, you may not have a period at all. With traditional oral birth control, you take three weeks of active pills and one week of inactive pills and have your period during the week you take inactive pills.
3. Less pain, less PMS
If you have painful cramps during your menstrual period, hormonal birth control may help. Hormonal birth control prevents ovulation and leads to a lighter period, which usually means much less cramping.
Women who experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) often report that hormonal birth control eases those symptoms. You may have fewer mood swings, less bloating, breast soreness, or weight gain. Hormonal birth control can even alleviate acne related to your menstrual cycle.
4. Relief from endometriosis
Endometriosis is a serious condition that is characterized by extremely painful menstrual cycles. Women with endometriosis often have heavier, longer periods that cause severe pain.
Birth control doesn’t cure endometriosis, but because you don’t have a menstrual period, you don’t experience all the pain that your condition causes.
5. Fewer PCOS symptoms
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition caused by a hormonal imbalance. When you have PCOS, you may have excessive hair growth in unexpected places like your back or chest. You may have irregular periods, weight gain, and other symptoms.
Hormonal birth control doesn’t cure PCOS, but it can help balance your hormones, and that eases your symptoms.
Find the right contraception for you
Hormonal birth control isn’t for everyone. Some people have problems with it and need either a dosage adjustment or even a completely different type of contraception. You’re a unique individual, and it’s important for you to find a method of birth control that works for your health and your life. Certain factors, such as your age, whether or not you smoke, your health history, along with others, can make hormonal birth control inappropriate for you.
Schedule your appointment today to discuss your birth control needs with Dr. Bornt.