Seattle Women’s Health, Gynecology Is Now Seattle Clinical Research Center

Birth Control: Benefits Beyond Contraception

There’s more to birth control than initially may meet the eye. The benefits go beyond that of just contraception and that is exactly what we want to discuss.Birth control is an effective and safe way to prevent pregnancy, but much like the women taking them, contraceptives are multifaceted. Many birth control options are now readily available with varied forms at our disposal such as pills, the patch, implants, and IUDs. Read our blog to find out all the ways you may benefit from birth control.

Health Benefits of Birth Control

Side effects don’t necessarily need to be a negative thing. Both the combination and progestin-only methods are known to alleviate pain associated with menstrual cramps. They can also lighten period intensity and even lower the risks of ectopic pregnancy. The use of combination birth control can assist with lessening:

  • Anemia
  • Bone density
  • Cyst formation in breast and ovaries
  • Menstrual migraines
  • Ovarian and uterine cancer
  • PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Just to name a few; we advise that you keep a period or birth control tracker to keep up with side effects that you may potentially experience.

Photo of female reproductive system made up of flowers surrounded by contraception pills. (1)

Say Goodbye to Irregular Menstrual Cycles

For many, birth control has allowed for the regulation of their menstrual cycles. The most frequent cause for irregular and infrequent periods is due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Women who experience cycles lasting longer than 35 days may not be producing progesterone. Since birth control pills are infused with progesterone-like hormones, it lends itself to the regulation of one’s menstrual cycle and helps create a barrier near the uterine lining.

Did you know that women on birth control are 50% less at risk for uterine cancer?

Endometriosis & The Pill – What’s The Correlation

Those living with endometriosis often experience intense period pain. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that’s lining the uterus grows outside of it. No matter where it’s located, the tissue will bleed while you are on your period causing both inflammation and pain. It’s an estrogen-dependent disease that affects approximately 10% of women and appears to be growing in occurrence. While birth control cannot cure endometriosis, it can help by limiting how much tissue builds up, therefore reducing pain.

Birth control is often pigeonholed to one duty, but it has multipurpose use for many other health issues – don’t be so quick to overlook it!

Help your body find a schedule - explore options in birth control studies.

Looking to find out more about birth control options? Explore our birth control studies now enrolling at Seattle Clinical Research Center. We want to help your body find a schedule – contact us at (206) 522 – 3330 ext. 2 or visit our website today to learn more on all things women’s health!

Resources:

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-pill/what-are-the-benefits-of-the-birth-control-pill

https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/noncontraceptive-benefits-of-birth-control-pills/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5891211/