Why Should I Use Birth Control?

Most people know the main purpose of birth control is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, pregnancy prevention is far from the only reason that nearly two-thirds of American women use birth control. In this blog, Mark P. Schumacher, MD, explains some of the other reasons for using birth control.

Reasons other than preventing pregnancy to use birth control

Regulate menstrual cycles

Many girls and women, especially those in their teens and early 20s, experience extremely irregular menstrual cycles. This can be frustrating and downright embarrassing if an accident occurs in public. Depending on the type of birth control you choose, it can regulate your cycle so that your period occurs at the same time each month or stops completely. 

Reduce painful menstrual symptoms

Cramps, back pain, and headaches are all too common leading up to ― and sometimes lasting through ― a woman’s period, especially in teenagers and younger women. Hormonal birth control can help limit hormonal fluctuations and thus help prevent or reduce these painful symptoms. 

Control acne

Hormonal acne is truly a monster. Birth control can help tame the monster. Combination birth control pills ― pills that contain both estrogen and progesterone ― have been proven to help keep hormonal acne under wraps. In other words, birth control can help make clear skin possible.

Prevent anemia

Anemia occurs when your red blood cell count is too low. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body, so if you don’t have enough, you may experience fatigue, muscle weakness, or other symptoms. Heavy menstrual bleeding increases a woman’s risk of anemia, and birth control can help combat this by decreasing or completely eliminating a woman’s menstrual flow.

Have better sex

A big part of getting in the mood for sex is having peace of mind and knowing you won’t suffer any unintended consequences, such as getting pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease. 

Using the right type of birth control — such as the pill to help prevent unwanted pregnancies or condoms to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs — can make time in the bedroom so much better. 

Choosing the right birth control method for you

With so many contraception options out there — the pill, intrauterine devices (IUDs), male and female condoms, spermicide, and more — it can be tough to choose. Choosing the right type of birth control depends on your specific goals, your health and medical history, and your values and beliefs. If you need help deciding, Dr. Schumacher can discuss your options and help you choose an option that’s right for you.

To get a birth control prescription or learn more about the types of birth control, book an appointment over the phone with Mark P. Schumacher, MD, today.

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