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Birth Control Pills and Your Period627 Views
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If you've wondered if it is safe to use the pill to skip a period intentionally, learn about monophasic birth control. Watch this video for more information.
Description: Birth control pills have advantages beyond preventing unintended pregnancies. Find out about birth control pills and your periods in this video.
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Since the 1960s, birth control pills have been helping women have sex without worrying about pregnancy. They have the EXTRA advantage, too. They help a woman regulate her period. Most women take combination pills, meaning they contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. Typically, a woman will have a 28 pill pack. She’ll take one pill containing hormones each day for 21 days, and then she’ll take pills WITHOUT hormones each day for 7 days. During these 7 days she’ll have her period. A woman’s natural cycle can range from 21 to 35 days long. Birth control pills can regulate it so that a woman can expect her period on the same day each month – no surprises. Some combination pills suppress a woman’s period COMPLETELY, or for all but 4 weeks per year. The pack contains inactive pills for only a few weeks per YEAR as opposed to one week per MONTH. If a woman needs to skip just ONE period, she can throw out the inactive pills and take the next month’s hormone pills through the 7 days. This is generally considered safe by physicians. As many as ONE THIRD of women who take the combination birth control pill take it not to avoid PREGNANCY, but to TREAT other conditions, such as dysmenorrhea—severe cramps – and menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding. Birth control pills will relieve the pain and LIGHTEN periods because they stop ovulation. Without OVULATION, there are lower levels of some PROSTAGLANDIN hormones that trigger cramps and blood shedding. Combination pills can also treat two other menstrual disorders – POLYCYSTIC ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, and ENDOMETRIOSIS. The pill reduces the amount of male hormones, which are in excess in a woman with PCOS. Women with endometriosis take combination pills to prevent the overgrowth of the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. Birth control pills do come with drawbacks. They may very slightly increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. The pill also raises the risk of STROKE and BLOOD CLOTS, especially in smokers and women over 40. Many women – such as those with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – are NOT good candidates for the pill. Ask your doctor before taking ANY hormonal contraception. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about menstruation and menstrual disorders.