Guest Post by Helen Moore
It’s common knowledge that taking the pill for birth control isn’t 100% safe and effective. But still, some women are not fully aware of the risks, trusting that the pill will not fail them, until it’s too late.
Before you decide on getting on the pill, here are some things you should know so that you can make this work for you best:
1. Failure in using birth control pills properly, religiously and regularly can result in an unplanned pregnancy.
Doctors usually provide instructions for how to take birth control pills. Even the time you take this matters, as it’s supposed be done consistently. Meaning if you’re taking this at eight in the evening on the first day, you must also take this at eight in the evening on succeeding days. This is because pills control hormone production in your body, which affects all organs. If this is disrupted, then it can cause problems that may lessen the effectiveness of the pill. If you missed a day, simply take one right away, and then take the next pill on your usual time. This essentially means that you would be taking two pills a day, according to PlannedParenthood.Org.
Similarly, if you have vomiting spells or you’re suffering from diarrhea and you passed merely 30 minutes after you’ve taken your pill, then you have to treat this as a “missed” day, which will require you to take another as soon as possible.
2. Antibiotics can interfere with the pill’s effectiveness.
While Mayo Clinic says that antibiotics risks in relation to birth control pills may be overstated, some do bear an impact on how pills could be less effective. If your antibiotic contains Rimactine properties, then there could be a problem if you’re on the pill. Do not hesitate to tell your doctor that you are taking birth control pills so that you will be prescribed the right kind of medication for your other illnesses.
It’s the same thing for those needing medications for yeast infection HIV therapy and other more serious illness. If its chronic and progressive, with medications being constant, you may also have to seek the help of your OBGYN to change your pills.
If you’re big on natural medication and decide to use St. John’s wort as herbal relief for an illness, it may interact with the pills the wrong way. Your menstrual bleeding may become complicated.
3. The pill may improve iron deficiency. However, it can deplete vitamins and minerals in your body.
It’s an advantage for a woman who may be suffering from anemia or low iron content. You may no longer have to take iron supplements if you’re on the pill. But other essential B vitamins, and minerals like zinc and magnesium, which helps the body recover from daily stress and function better, can become depleted with constant pill use. Your energy and immunities could lower, so make sure to take supplements to give your body the required daily nutritional content.
4. There are at least 30 different types of pills that work differently on a woman’s body.
Some side effects like headache, mood swings or a light menstrual flow, are normal with pill intake. But if one type of pill is giving these for months, you should seek your doctor for other options. Sometimes it takes five switches before your body responds to the right pill.
Keep your pills in a cool and dry storage area, such as your bedroom’s side table. Any changes in the temperature and moisture can have effects on how it should work in your body.
Helen Moore is a contributor at BracesCostInfo.com, where she has written tips and guides on cost of braces and general dental health. As a mother and wife, she believes in responsibility and consistency with taking any type of medication to promote good health and well-being.