Sunday, October 22, 2006

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are a godsend. I began taking them when I was eighteen to ease my menstrual symptoms. The pills eased my usually intense cramps and lightened my period dramatically. I have taken them for several years and my gynecologist assures me that there is no danger in extended use of birth control pills. Like many women, I was concerned that I may one day experience difficulty getting pregnant if I used birth control pills for too long but this fear was unnecessary and unfounded.
As wonderful as they are, there are some things to consider before you begin taking birth control pills. Birth control pills are easy to forget and it is not difficult to get off track and mess up your whole cycle. I have found that if I forget a pill, I have a good chance of getting my period in the next few days and once it starts, it is difficult to stop by resuming the medication.
Birth control pills can also be expensive. My health insurance covers approximately four dollars of this fifty dollar prescription every month. If the pills are meant to prevent against pregnancy, they are an affordable option when compared to condoms which can be very expensive and are not as reliable. There are many types and brand of pills out there and you should be able to find one that fits your budget.
Birth control pills are available at most clinics if you cannot afford them. Ask your doctor for more information on where you can obtain them in your area. I have always received a few months' worth of birth control pills from my gynecologist at my annual appointment. You should see a gynecologist if you are thinking of taking birth control pills and every year thereafter to make sure that they are working correctly for you with no adverse side effects.
One of the best aspects of pills is that you can continue to take your birth control pills for several weeks of them at a time if you want to put off your period. Some birth control pills are packaged in a way that makes it easier to take several weeks in a row. I think that the majority of birth control pills are safe and can be taken for two or three months in a row without complications but you should confirm this with your doctor before you attempt to do so. You can stop taking the pill at any time without adverse consequences to your health and the pill is less invasive and complicated than other options that involve implantation of some sort.
Simply stated, the pill is one of the best options when it comes to preventing pregnancy and managing your menstrual cycle. If you want control of your body and flexibility, the pill is the way to go. Every woman should do whatever she can do to be in charge of what happens to their bodies. It is, and always has been, your body and your choice. Period.