9 signs your birth control isn’t right for you
As a society, we accept the usual side effects of using contraceptives, such as weight gain and mood swings.
But is it possible that some of these ânormalâ side effects are actually signs that your body is refusing to use birth control?
“Birth control methods have certain side effects, but most go away within 2 to 3 months of starting,” said Dr. Veena Madhankumar.
However, if it doesn’t, it may be because this particular type of birth control is not right for you.
While it’s rare (“less than 1 in 1,000,” according to Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones), it is possible that your body may refuse to use birth control or even have an allergic reaction to it.
âAn allergy or allergic reaction is when your body recognizes a substance as foreign, makes an antibody to it, and this causes a process, an allergic reaction, that can cause itching, hives, swelling of the throat, and difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and Faint, âexplains Dr. Jones in an interview with the University of Utah Health.
However, she notes that the hormones in birth control are natural things your body already makes, so it is unlikely that you are allergic to this aspect of your birth control.
Instead, you may have reactions to how this particular form of birth control is done.
“Sometimes birth control pills have dyes in them, they have colors, so when you open your package you can see some blue or pink ones, so some people are allergic to the dye, and probably not so much to the hormones,” she explains.
So how can you say your birth control is bad for you?
These adverse symptoms could be signs that your body is rejecting birth control:
1. You suffer from depression.
Mood swings are caused by a hormonal imbalance, so it’s not surprising that due to the influence of hormones in your body, they can be a birth control side effect.
However, subtle mood swings are different from sinking into severe depression.
“Our body absorbs and responds to everything we put into it, including hormones, and these hormones can directly affect your mood,” said Sydney Golden, Modern Health Guide owner, who has had personal experience with birth control rejection. “
2. Abnormal bleeding
Some spotting between periods is normal with hormonal contraceptives. However, heavy bleeding between periods or periods that never seem to end can indicate a problem like fibroids.
According to the USA Fibroid Centers, birth control may add to uterine fibroids, which is what Golden experienced.
âInstead of taking birth control, I had to do 2 surgeries to remove uterine fibroids, which were painful and bleeding for 2 months,â she says. âThe removal of the inflamed myoma resolved the present symptom, endless bleeding, but it didn’t get to the cause! Stopping contraception could have improved my uterus dramatically. “
Hormones like progesterone and estrogen are known to cause nausea and vomiting.
When you start a new method of birth control, it may take time for your body to adjust to the higher hormone levels.
However, constant nausea can seriously affect your life. If this symptom persists, you should see a doctor to discuss a method of contraception with a lower dose of hormones.
4. Abdominal cramps
Many times, birth control is prescribed to treat painful abdominal cramps. So, if you suspect that your birth control is actually causing it, it may mean that it is not for you.
A 2013 study found that some women experienced severe abdominal pain when they started taking low-dose contraceptives, and researchers theorized it could lead to cramps.
5. Hair loss
It is believed that birth control pills can lead to hair loss and thinning by keeping hair dormant for too long, which means more hair will fall out than it will grow back.
Only progestin pills can also lead to increased hair loss. Progestin is a synthetic version of the male hormone progesterone and can lead to high androgen levels.
Although androgens are found in small amounts in women, when levels are too high they can cause effects similar to male pattern baldness.
6. Increased acne breakouts
Higher progestin levels can also make your skin oily thanks to increased sebum production. The oily your skin, the more likely it is to break out.
7. Frequent urinary tract infections
While a 2000 study found that oral contraceptives are unlikely to increase your risk of urinary tract infection, certain birth control methods, such as diaphragms or spermicides, can upset the levels of bacteria in your vagina, leading to more frequent urinary tract infections.
8. Burning or itching in the vagina
Hormonal imbalance can lead to problems like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, both of which can cause uncomfortable symptoms like burning and itching in the vagina.
Because birth control affects your hormone levels, yeast overgrowth or other vaginal infection may occur if your body is sensitive to these hormones.
9. Bleeding or inflammation of the gums
Contraceptives that contain progestin are known to cause swollen and even bleeding gums. If these symptoms don’t go away, it can seriously affect your oral health, leading to increased plaque and eventually gum disease.
If your body refuses birth control, there are some alternatives to oral contraceptives and hormonal birth control methods.
“Some contraceptive methods as alternatives to birth control pills include intrauterine devices without hormones, condoms, spermicides, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, timed intercourse or the rhythm method,” suggests Dr. Madhankumar in front.
It is best to write down your specific symptoms and speak to your doctor so that you can narrow down the possible causes and find another method of birth control that is right for your body.
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