Birth Control Pills: Not Used For What You Think

It's a dreaded day when your thirteen-year-old daughter asks you about birth control. Shock, horror and panic set in. "You can't even drive and you want to have sex?!" Well, whatever your daughters' libido might suggest, she may be asking for oral contraceptives for other reasons, researchers say.

According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, one in three teenagers aren't using the pill to ward off an unwanted pregnancy. Instead, they use it to alleviate menstrual pain, regulate their periods, thwart migraines and treat acne.

And why not use it, especially if it can clear up your skin? Research shows birth control slows down overactive oil glands in the skin, thus helping to fight breakouts.

Teens aren't the only ones finding new ways to use the pill either, the survey found some perimenopausal women take it to guide their path to menopause.

Have you, or do you ever use birth control for other reasons than preventing pregnancy?

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  • NMB
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    Risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers is reduced with the use of OCs.

  • bkathyb
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    It seems that a BETTER choice to regulate menstrual issues would be found in herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals!!! In light of the fact that they are linked to certain kinds of cancer an increase in stroke and the historical, oh-my-gosh-get-that-off-the-market-it-damages the whatever actions of the FDA... I don't think this is a good idea! But that's what doctors do because they don't know enough about the other options. I think it's waaaayyyyy past time for doctors to be learning MORE than a pharmaceutical approach to eliminating symptoms. There are MANY options. I recall having an amazing change in my pre/menstrual symptoms when I simply did a colon cleanse using an herbal product. Personally I think mainstream allopathic doctors need to HIRE natural health practitioners to offer their patients options.

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