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Contraceptive pills don’t just prevent pregnancy. Come, let’s bust some myths

Contraceptive pills have received a bad rap due to several reasons, and are shrouded in myths. But there’s so much more to them. Read on to know!
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Find out about the various uses of contraceptive pills. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 15 Nov 2021, 18:19 pm IST
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Contraception, also known as birth control, can help to prevent unplanned pregnancies. But is that all? Dr Niveditha Manokaran, dermatologist and venereologist (also known as dr_nive_ untaboos) shares it all in her recent Instagram post. 

Here’s what she writes, “Who said contraception is only for married women? Who said that it’s only use is preventing pregnancy? Who said that if you use contraception, you’ll have trouble conceiving in the future? Let’s break some myths!.”

Unfortunately, people are so misinformed about contraception that they steer clear of it. But the reality is that it can help in many ways! Here they are: 

  1. Contraceptive pills regularise periods and minimise heavy bleeding

Contraceptive pills do not just help to regularise your periods, but can also work in relieving menstrual cramps to quite an extent. 

“These pills can be used to treat the problem of irregular periods, help make periods less painful and cause less bleeding as well. They are also prescribed for women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that can lead to hormonal imbalances in the body, excessive facial hair, and acne,” shares Dr Neema Sharma, director of the obstetrics and gynaecology department, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, with HealthShots.

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Contraceptive pills can help you regularise irregular periods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  1. Contraceptive pills help in treating acne

Dr Manokaran also reveals that contraceptives work wonders in treating acne, so use them in case your dermatologist recommends it.

However, it may not work for everyone. This was revealed in an earlier chat with celebrity dermatologist, Dr Jaishree Sharad. “In case you develop rashes, it could be an autoimmune response that is most likely caused by hormone allergies to estrogen or progesterone. Sometimes, even the amount of these hormones can wreak havoc on the health of your skin.”

She added, “They can also cause hyperpigmentation on the cheeks; a condition known as melasma. Sometimes, it can cause a rash or allergic reaction. Some women also suffer from hormonal acne, because progesterone is believed to alter the pH of the skin, and the sebaceous glands, which very often cause massive breakouts. For others, spider veins on the face can show up.”

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Some experts even recommend contraceptive pills to reduce acne. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Are there any other myths?

A lot of women believe that they can’t conceive if they have ever taken contraceptives. But that’s not true! 

“Oral contraceptive pills, or the combined oral contraceptives, are effective only while the woman is taking them regularly. As soon as she stops the pills, she can get pregnant—so there is no need to fear them, “ shares Dr Anita K Mohan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim – A Fortis Associate, with HealthShots.

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An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town. ...Read More

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