5 REASONS TO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT SEXUALLY ACTIVE

5 REASONS TO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT SEXUALLY ACTIVE

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In the minds of many people, especially some moms and dads who aren’t quite ready for their daughters to grow up, birth control pills are synonymous with sexual activity. However, it’s important to realize that birth control has many non-contraceptive benefits. Depending on the age she reaches puberty, it’s recommended that she have a gynecological exam to ensure that everything is developing as it should. During this visit, depending on what conditions exist, a gynecologist may recommend that a girl begin using a birth control method, even though she may not yet be sexually active. Here are some benefits of using birth control besides preventing pregnancy.

Irregular Periods

In a previous post, we discussed the signs of an abnormal period, which include periods that happen infrequently, are extremely heavy, or last more than seven days. If a girl is experiencing irregular periods, birth control can be prescribed as a way to make them easier and more predictable.

Painful Periods

Cramping and some light back pain is normal with periods, but severe pain isn’t. Intense cramps, body aches, chills or diarrhea during a period are signs that the body is producing high levels of prostaglandin, which is known to cause intense contractions and severe cramping. By using birth control pills, or other methods such as an IUD, to prevent ovulation can reduce prostaglandin levels in the uterus, thus providing relief  from this debilitating pain.

Endometriosis

Besides elevated prostaglandin levels, endometriosis is another reasons that some women experience painful periods. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant).” In some cases, use of birth control pills that contain progesterone can prevent the growth of this excessive tissue.

Acne

It’s completely normal for teenagers to experience acne due to hormonal changes during puberty, but for some teens, the experience is especially severe during menstruation. “Oral contraceptive pills can sometimes be very helpful in controlling acne that is resistant to over-the-counter treatments or prescription-strength topical medicines. They work by keeping the levels of male and female hormones more balanced.” She continues, “in our teens, hormones become more active and stimulate oil glands in the skin to produce more oil. Overproduction of oil leads to clogged pores and acne. A birth control pill keeps hormone levels more steady, so there is less stimulation of the oil glands, fewer clogged pores and noticeably less acne,” Dr. Hilary Reich, a board-certified dermatologist, told Teen Vogue.

PMS and PMDD

Pain and acne aren’t the only physical manifestations periods that can be difficult for girls before they’re sexually active. We’ve all heard of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) but not everyone has heard of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This is a particularly distressing extension of PMS during which one might experience drastic mood swings, tension, anxiety, fatigue, changes in appetite, and problems with sleep. Birth control can sometimes help to make these symptoms more manageable.

Want to speak with someone about how birth control pills can deliver benefits beyond pregnancy prevention? Contact the doctors at Women to Women today.

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