| The Pill is an excellentform of birth control when used properly, but remember it can't protect you fromsexually transmitted diseases. That said, the Pill isn't for everyone. Upto 1 in 10 oral-contraceptive users gets pregnant due to incorrect use.Here are some things you should know first... |
A recent study at Purdue University found that women wholifted weights and did cardiotwo or three times a week experienced an overall increase in bone mass-but those on the Pill lost bone strength in the spine and hip. StudyDirector, Connie Weaver, Ph.D. says "the Pill may prevent theexercise-induced surge in estrogen that strengthens bones." The good news?Offset the problem by taking 1200 mg of calcium a day via fourservings of calcium rich foods or by taking a supplement.
Other vitamins and minerals may be competing with your birthcontrol, leaving you vunerable. Research shows that folic acids andB-complex vitamins are reduced in women who take the Pill. Folicacids help your body produce red blood cells and prevent birth defect andcan be replenished by eating citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables andwhole grain cereals. B-Complex vitamins boost energy levels and help easepainful menstrual cramps. Meat, fish, bananas, walnuts and potatoes aregood sources of this vitamin.
Taking the Pill is supposed to make sex less stressful, butrecent research has found that women who took certain oral contraceptiveswere almost seven times more likely than those who didn't to developvulvar vestibulitis - a condition marked by inflamed, irritatedvaginal tissue and pain during intercourse that commonly affects youngwomen. Researchers believ the Pill may prevent vaginal tissue frommaturing, keeping it thin and vulnerable to irritation.
Researchers have made the following conclusions regarding thePill and breast cancer risks: Women between 35 and 64 who have been on thePill at any point during their reproductive lives are no more likely todevelop breast cancers than those who have never taken it, says studyauthor Robert Spirtas. While research has shown that cancer risk may go upslightly during pill, don't lose sleep over it. "A woman in her mid- tolate 20s only goes from having a 1 in 10,000 chace to a 1.25 in 10,000chance of developing the disease while on the pill. And once she's off it,her risk returns to normal," Spirtas says.
You can now get the #1 most popular birth control pillOrtho Tri-Cyclen from an online pharmacy. You cancompare prices at Pharmacy-Finder.net. This birth control option can actually help clear up your skin too.
Here's a health hint: if you can't keep your birthcontrol pill down because you're nauseated, insert it into your vaginalike a tampon.
| New findings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Preventionconfirm that women who take oral contraceptives do have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.The study, which was done on 100,000 women for eight years, found that current or recent Pill users' breast-cancer risk increased by 60%.But don't panic, assures Eugenia Called, Ph.D., director of analytic epidemiology at the AmericanCancer Society: "Only about 1 out of every 10,000 women in the United States age 25 to 29 will develop breast cancer.So for women in that age-group on the Pill, it would be 1.6 out of every 10,000," says Calle.|
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