Reliance On Contraception: Will It Cause Me Good?

Contraception is the umbrella term for all measures to prevent or delay pregnancy. Currently, there are only two types of effective contraceptive methods: condoms and birth control pills. 

Birth control pills work by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary, while condoms prevent pregnancy by covering the body where sperm might enter.

When a woman is pregnant, she becomes very familiar with the term contraception—and for a good reason. Too often, women become pregnant, and the doctors then have to work to keep them from having more children. This makes contraception valuable.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing that will often change your life forever. You’re going to be a parent, and if you’re lucky, you’re going to experience the joy and love that comes with bringing a new life into this world. 

However, many people struggle through pregnancy, and while most of these are minor, there are also some that are far more serious. If you discover you are pregnant, one of the best things you can do is seek out birth control. Not only does this allow you to protect the health of yourself and your baby, but it also allows you to avoid having to deal with unplanned pregnancies (and the associated added stress).

All methods of contraception are considered safe, but as they prevent ovulation, the side effects may be more noticeable.

Our reliance on contraception is staggering. Back in 2011, there were 17.6 million women in the U.S. who had used oral contraceptives. That number has only risen since then. According to the most recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 40 million women in the U.S. who are using oral contraceptives. And the numbers only continue to climb.

Contraception is a tricky topic. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that American women use birth control methods to prevent pregnancies at a rate that is more than three times that of women in one-third of the world’s nations. Yet, the use of birth control is still controversial. The Catholic Church holds fast to its belief that contraception is “intrinsically evil” and that access to birth control should be restricted.

Birth control is a personal choice, but it’s an important one. Many women use birth control to prevent pregnancy, but others use it for other reasons.

The control pills (also called oral contraceptives or oral progestin-only pills) are one of the most popular methods of birth control. They contain synthetic hormones to prevent ovulation, and some contain estrogen that thickens cervical mucus and decreases sperm mobility. 

Even though birth control pills can protect you from pregnancy, did you know they are actually good for your overall health, too? The possible benefits are plentiful, ranging from preventing headaches and migraines, PMS, acne, and menstrual cramps to treating depression, preventing heart attacks, and even increasing libido. 

Birth control pills and other forms of contraception may also prevent sexually transmitted infections—including chlamydia and gonorrhea. Using contraception is especially important for women over the age of 25 since their bodies are less able to fight off sexually transmitted infections.

All the while they are considered to be safe, birth control pills may cause nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, and decreased sex drive.

While many women take birth control pills for their health, there is another side to the story. If taken for an extended period of time, birth control pills can have many negative consequences. Among them are an increased risk of blood clots, depression, blood clots and stroke, deadly blood clots, and heart attack.

So, contraception is overall good for you, but it may damage your health when taken too much.

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