Benefits of Contraceptive Pills
The most obvious benefit of contraceptive pills is that they are almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy from occurring, if taken correctly. They are also effective almost immediately if taken on the first day of your period. Of course, this effectiveness is dependent on the individual taking each pill daily as prescribed.
Contraceptive pills are popular because they are so reliable and easy to take. They also have a very low risk of side effects and allow you to get on with your daily life without needing to worry about contraception.
These are the most well known benefits of contraceptive pills, but there are other advantages that this form of contraception has for women.
- They alleviate period pain
Imagine having less intense period pains or even not suffering from them at all. Contraceptive pills can work to abolish cramps and menstrual pains, which can enable you to be more active and help you to feel more healthy and comfortable during your period.
- They make your periods shorter and lighter
The combined pill has a regulatory effect on your periods, making them shorter and lighter. This means you will always know exactly when your period will start and how long it will last. This can be enormously beneficial for many women.
- Reduced risk of anaemia
The more regular and lighter periods have a secondary benefit in that they reduce your risk of becoming anaemic.
- Reduced risk of certain cancers
Research has shown that the combined pill actually decreases the chance of you developing certain forms of cancer, including cancer of the ovaries, womb and bowel.
- Can help treat and prevent hormone-related conditions
Some contraceptive pills contain ingredients that can help to treat or prevent conditions like acne and excess hair growth.
One of the biggest advantages to using the combined pill as your contraceptive method of choice is the sheer variety of options available. Here at euroClinix we offer 15 different types of combined contraceptive pill, each containing a different mix of synthetic hormones but offering almost 100% effective protection against pregnancy. This means that even if one combined pill proves to be unsuitable, the likelihood is another option will prove to be more appropriate.
Combined contraceptive pills vs progestogen-only pills
The choice between combined contraceptive pills and progestogen-only pills (known as "mini-pills") can be a confusing one, usually because people are unsure as to what the different is between the two types of pills. In simple terms, combined pills contain two synthetic hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) and mini-pills contain only synthetic progestogen. This difference means there are different benefits to the user depending on what type of pill they choose.
Most women usually find that combined contraceptive pills are the most beneficial contraceptive option due to their reliability and efficacy. However, the presence of oestrogen in the pills can mean they are unsuitable for some women who may have a particular sensitivity to the hormone. In this case, a mini-pill will likely be more suitable. Similarly, women who smoke and are over the age of 35 will usually be recommended the mini-pill to minimise the risk of side effects.