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Misuse of oral contraceptives and side effects

Monday - September 18, 2017 12:45 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

 

Misuse of oral contraceptives and side effects

 
 
By Jaya Khare
 
Millions of women across the globe use contraceptive pills to stop unwanted pregnancy. Not many women know of the grave side effects such reckless use of pills can cause. Since these pills are the almost sure shot way of stopping unwanted pregnancy, they are very popular and high in demand among women, despite containing synthetic forms of hormones estrogen and progesterone.
 
 Intermenstrual spotting and nausea are the most common side effects of contraceptive pills. At least 50 per cent woman experience vaginal bleeding in varying degrees between periods, also known as breakthrough bleeding, running up to three months. Women who experience heavy bleeding or bleeding for five days or more should ideally consult a doctor. Pills can also cause breast enlargement or tenderness. If the pain or tenderness persists and also there is a small lump felt, the person should once consult a doctor. 
 
Headache is also in those taking pills and especially those having migraine problem. A headache added with giddiness can last some days and have a debilitating effect. Weight gain is also a problem that can accrue due to pill intake. Though there has been no conclusive study to correlate the two, women having pill shave complained of fluid retention in breasts and hip areas, leading to weight gain. Some people also suffer depression, mood swings and despondency after having the pills. Missed periods is a common occurrence that disturbs the cycle. A pregnancy test is advisable in such cases. 
 
The hormones in the pills can also reduce sex drive or libido power. Some women find a change in vaginal discharge during taking the pill. This can be an increase or a decrease in vaginal lubrication, an alteration in the nature of the discharge, and changes that can affect sexual intercourse. Those wearing contact lenses should also be on guard because swollen cornea due to hormonal changes as a result of pill intake, which enhance fluid retention, can make for ill-fitting lenses. 
 
Any vision related abnormalities after taking a pill must be reported to the ophthalmologist. These apart, women with heart ailments, or a history of liver or kidney diseases or uncontrolled blood pressure or some forms of cancer should at any cost avoid popping the contraceptive pills at will. Pills, in any case, are not a very healthy way of stopping pregnancy.
 
 The more frequent the consumption of such pills, greater are the chances of health risks. Responsible sex, like using other precautionary contraceptive measures like condoms, is the best option to ward off unnecessary pregnancy. Young adults and women should think twice before causing medication-related stress to the body and avoid taking pills as best as possible.-Window To News
 
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