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  • Birth Control Pills Recommends For Minimal Side Effects

    It is hard to believe that the first birth control pill went on the market almost 60 years ago – in 1960. Created thanks to the efforts of female rights activist Margaret Sanger (she coined the phrase “birth control”), it was an instant hit – five years after its approval, over 6 million women in America were on the pill. It raised a public opinion storm, too: the Pope of Rome even convened a special commission to discuss birth control pills (you can learn more about the history of the magic pill here http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/a-brief-history-of-the-birth-control-pill/480/ ).

    However, the first generation of pills were far from perfect: the formulas for synthetic hormones were flawed, and the level of those hormones unnecessarily high. In the 70’s, a real public opinion storm was raised due to reports of serious side effects, such as blood clots, stroke, and depression.

    Decades have passed, and today’s birth control pills are far removed from their prototypes: newly-developed hormones are very safe, dosages are much lower, and side effects have been reduced to a minimum. However, the myth of the “danger” of birth control pills persists. Here at Canadian Health&Care Mall, we often receive questions from our concerned customers about the safety of pills – such as this one, sent us by Elaine from Perth: “I’ve read that birth control pills greatly increase the risk of breast cancer, and that the risk of blood clots rises by a hundred per cent! Is that true?”

    Let us hear the detailed reply of our leading pharmacy technician, Rose:

    “Here is the important thing to understand about birth control pills and cancer risk: cancer takes years, sometimes decades, to develop and be diagnosed. It is true that some earlier studies reported a higher risk of breast cancer; however, the research participants were mainly women who had taken earlier-generation pills for many years, suffering the side effects of imperfect hormonal formulas. The pills present on the market nowadays are completely different, and there is absolutely no proof that modern pills can cause cancer.

    A few words about thrombosis. Some women have a higher risk of thrombosis due to poor circulation and family history. If you are one of them, you should consult a doctor about which birth control pill is best for you. In the general female population, the risk to develop thrombosis is about 0.01% – one in ten thousand. Among women who take oral contraceptives, it is around 0.02%. Indeed, it is 100% higher, but the absolute increase in risk is only one hundredth of a percentage point. There is no real cause for concern.”

    If you have never taken birth control pills, you may experience some side effects in the first two or three weeks, such as headaches, nausea, and slight bleeding between your periods. Normally these side effects do not pose any risk and disappear by themselves. However, all women have their unique hormonal level, so not every pill may be right for you. If nausea and migraines persist, or if you develop chest pain, blurred vision, or rapid mood changes, consult a physician and change the pill.

    Do you know that oral contraceptives are used not only to prevent pregnancy, but also to treat a wide range of health issues?

    Latest-generation birth control pills offered by the leading Canadian pharmacies have no long-term negative side effects, but many positive ones:

    ⦁ The very popular Yaz ( a combination pill containing both estrogen and progestin) has been found to be efficient against acne, thanks to its anti-androgen effect;

    ⦁ Many combination pills, such as Ortho Tri-Cyclene and Alesse (also known under the brand name Ovral) are used to treat PMS (premenstrual syndrome), characterized by depression and bad mood; besides, Ovral is great against endometriosis

    ⦁ Most modern birth control pills offered by large Canadian pharmacies can be used to safely treat irregular periods, greatly reducing pain and cramps and making them lighter and shorter – try Femilon, for example;

    ⦁ For those women who do not react well to estrogen, very safe and efficient mini-pills, containing only progestin, have been developed: such pills as Prometrium and Aygestin also help treat PMS and the menopausal syndrome.

    As you can see, by choosing an oral contraceptive among the wide range offered by leading Canadian online pharmacies, you can not only avoid negative side effects, but noticeably improve your health.

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