The Downside of Hormonal Birth Control

  Oral contraceptive (OC) pills have become one of the main forms of birth control being used today. According to a National Canadian Contraception survey, 66.6% of women aged 15-19, 58.3% of women aged 20-29, 31.5 % of women aged 30-40 and 17.1% of women over 40 are using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.   In the United States, 12 million women are using the pill as their main form of pregnancy prevention.   While OC can be an excellent way to prevent becoming pregnant (up to 99.9% effective when used correctly), many women are using the pill for other reasons than preventing pregnancy.   According to a 2011 study by the Guttmacher Institute, based on US government data from the National Survey of Family Growth, 58% of women using the pill are using it for reasons other than birth control.   31% use it to reduce menstrual cramps 28% use it to prevent migraines and other painful side effects of menstruation 14% use it to treat acne 4% use it to treat endometriosis     The problem is that OC does not actually cure any of these problems. The pill simply manipulates hormone levels so that the user no … Continue reading The Downside of Hormonal Birth Control