5 common birth control pill side effects
Choma, there’s recently been some talk on birth control pills and the risks involved. Here are 5 common side effects of taking birth control pills and how to adjust to them.
You’ll normally feel nauseas when you first start taking the pill. You’ll start feeling queasy or sick and you may even vomit. Feeling queasy is the result of your stomach being irritated by the oestrogen found in the pill. The higher the dosage of the hormone, the higher the chance of you feeling nauseas. Try take your pill with a meal as that can help reduce the nausea during the time your body needs to adjust to the new levels of oestrogen in the pills.
Because of the changes or fluctuations of sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone), the adjustment can lead to water retention and bloating. If you suffer from things such as irritable bowel syndrome, like diarrhoea or constipation, the bloating can increase because it deals with your digestion. Have you ever noticed, a week or two before that time of the month, that you start to feel bloated or full all the time, where you can’t even fit into some of your clothes? That’s because of the oestrogen in your body that’s pre; the oestrogen found in the pills will have the same effect. But after a while choma, you start to regain your normal self again after sticking to your birth control pill routine.
Breast tenderness or bruising
Some girls and women have experienced a level of discomfort or pain on their breasts a week or so (during ovulation) before their period, while others experience this just right before their period. Choma, it’s normal for your breasts to feel a little tender or sensitive before your period. Breast discomfort is normally caused by the changes in your hormone levels throughout your menstrual cycle. Sometimes birth control pills are prescribed to help relieve the tenderness. In addition, that bruised feeling can be a side effect of the pill.
While the bruises can be a side effect, if the bruised feeling worries you, please check them throughout your cycle to find out if there are any changes in your breasts. Check for any unusual lumps, increased areas of sensitivity or pain, or other causes of concern. If you notice something strange in your breasts and you want assurance, please make an appointment to see your health care provider.
When you get a cut, normally a blood clot will form to protect you from too much bleeding. Choma, this is normal and natural. There have also been cases where the blood clot ends up in your veins or arteries called deep vein thrombosis, which is very rare and extreme. For girls and women, the risk of clots is also higher during pregnancy, right after giving birth and when taking many types of hormonal birth control. Oestrogen, which is also found in the birth control pills, may highly increase the concentration of blood clotting which in turn increases the risk of developing a clot. For most people already on birth control pills, this probably something that will be discussed with you.
Choma, if you are in good health and have been regularly taking your birth control pills, then there’s no need to freak out. You need to remember that these increased risks are intensified in your first year of going on birth control because that’s when your body is still getting used to the hormonal differences. But if you have factors like smoking, obesity or a family history of blood clots then you need to bear in mind that your risk of complications are higher. Talk to your health practitioner about which birth control will best suit you and your health. Ask your doctor for the lowest dose option that will still give you the protection you need, especially if you just considered birth control.
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