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Health Benefits of the Pill

I'm sure many of you are on the pill for various different reasons, but most of you have been on it for years, so have you ever asked yourself if you were doing more harm than good? If so, and if you're concerned about the health risks of taking the pill, check out this chart below.

Health Benefits
  • Studies have shown that being on the pill for more than two years can decrease your risk for ovarian cancer by 70 percent, and endometrial cancer by 50 percent (great news).
  • The occurrence of benign ovarian tumors is also decreased.
  • Higher dose pills can decrease the development of ovarian cysts and fibroids.

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Health Benefits
  • Not only can the pill lighten your periods, but that decrease in blood loss is great for women who have issues with anemia.
  • If you have extremely painful or heavy periods, the pill can help alleviate these symptoms.
  • If you have acne, certain types of pills can help clear up your skin.
  • Certain pills such as Yaz can also help with PMS (goodbye crying uncontrollably and breaking up with your boyfriend every month!).
  • You'll be happy to hear that being on the pill for extended periods of time doesn't affect your fertility, so when you're ready to become pregnant, your body will be ready soon after you go off it.

Dear's advice: As you can see, there are numerous benefits to being on the pill. You should know that there are also health risks that go along with taking hormonal birth control. Although it's rare, the pill may cause blood clots, strokes, or heart attacks. If you're a smoker or over 35, these risks are increased. If you have a family history of any of these issues, you probably should find another form of birth control.


soniakapoor soniakapoor 8 years
in the word emergency contraceptives, people forget the word EMERGENCY... the pills are artificial hormones... you should avoid fooling your body and spoiling its natural functioning this wy. It can cause fertility problems as well... i came across this article that talks about how they work and everything about it... its scary really is
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I always wonder when they do studies like this if it's the same for the patch, nuvaring etc. or just the pill. It's always stated like it's the pill but mentions hormonal birth control but then says the pill again (like this post.)
nv27 nv27 9 years
I just quit taking the pill this past month after being on it for 4-5 years. I worry that its not good for my body to be dictated so I've decided to give it a break.
bikinib7 bikinib7 9 years
I felt like the Nuvaring made me have a decrease in sex drive in the very beginning, but right now... I'm on my third month and now, it's the other way around.. lol I definitely feel like I have a high sex drive now
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I am extremely old fashioned and weary of modern medicine. What can I say, but I was raised by some pretty laid back hippies. Anyways, I am 28 and still have never been on the pill. It just seems obvious to me that trying to control, manipulate or alter your body and natural cycles are very dangerous things to do. I have always had a very regular scheduled cycle, so its just something that I do not want to mess with. I have a tremendous respect for whatever the hell is going on inside my body that I do not even begin to try to understand it. Your health is a pretty precious delicate thing. Sounds kinda meta, I know, but that is my philosophy on "the pill"!
acyl acyl 9 years
Does the NuvaRing effect sex drive?
acyl acyl 9 years
I had a friend who was getting shots and she had NO trouble getting pregnant afterward. In fact it wasn't very long after... I found the pill effected my sex drive...I am also on anti-depressants, so that has an effect, but I've been off BC for a couple months and I have DEFINITELY more in the mood now. I'd been on it for about 7 years... Although now I'm breaking out more, and I can't skip my period like I could on the pill (taking them continuously)... I guess there's a down side either way!
codewhiz codewhiz 9 years
Hey I think I would endure some pain in exchange for bigger boobs. :P
cjmara805 cjmara805 9 years
MisterPinkNoTip I agree! I took Yaz for 2 weeks and had an awful permanent headache and extremely painful breasts. I'm on the NuvaRing now... AMAZING!!! My acne cleared up, my breasts are smaller and never painful, I don't PMS, I have less premenstrual migraines, I get no cramps, and I skip my periods. Heaven-sent I'd say :)
CreateMagic CreateMagic 9 years
That's great information, thanks! I've been on BC for 11 years (since I was 14) for endometriosis, and I worry sometimes that it may be doing me harm for later on when i decide to have kids. Its good to know that it has its benefits, too!
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
I shudder at the mention of Yaz. That is quite possibly the devil drug.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
"I have known a LOT of females that were on the pill for 20+years, decided they wanted a baby and cannot conceive or have problems conceiving..." Let's say that the average female begins taking the pill between the ages of 16-20. If those females were on the pill for 20+ years, that would put their ages between 36-40 when they were first trying to conceive. Women 35 and up already have decreased fertility whether or not they were on the pill. It would not be a surprise if the people you know were having problems conceiving at that age.
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I'm with snarky ... I'm even more moody on the pill.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
*contribute to need my coffee ehhehe
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Depo Provera (the Shot) can affect fertility and contriute to one density loss or something
bikinib7 bikinib7 9 years
I am curious if these findings are synonymous with NuvaRing or other forms of hormonal BC, other than the pill? I really hope that it doesn't affect fertility later on. :-/
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
the pill gives me even worse PMS!!!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I am still wary about the fertility issue. I have known a LOT of females that were on the pill for 20+years, decided they wanted a baby and cannot conceive or have problems conceiving... It could be a coincidence.
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