Birth Control Side Effects: The Good and The Ugly

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Hormonal birth control often comes with side effects that vary from slightly annoying to bad enough to make you switch. These include (and are not limited to) headaches, breast tenderness, nausea, decreased libido, depression…The list goes on and varies depending on the method you choose.

The folks at Bedsider remind us, however, that while side effects are not typically fun, they’re usually not that noticeable either. We can get caught up in all the pharmaceutical warnings and forget that birth control also has many positive benefits such as clearer skin and more regular periods.

If taking birth control is the right thing for you, be sure to talk to your doctor about how to manage side effects, both negative and positive. Check out Bedsider’s link to help decide if birth control is right for you.

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BY BEDSIDER | Bedsider.org

Side effects! Boo!

Two little words that totally freak people out. And for good reason. Nobody wants to wind up feeling crappy because they’re using a method that’s supposed to be good for them.

See through the hype

You deserve to know the real deal about side effects before you get on birth control, or any other medicine. But the hard part is seeing through the hype so you can weigh the pros and cons of each method and make an informed decision.

Positive side effects

We think it’s important to tell the whole story—the good, the bad, and everything in between. Here’s the thing, though. People tend to forget about the potential positive side effects of birth control, like clearer skin or shorter periods. (Or not having a baby before you’re ready, for that matter.) And when they hear the negative stuff, it sticks in their brain like a cheesy old song you can’t stop humming. That’s just human nature, and it happens to all of us.

Even aspirin sounds nasty

Drug companies list every single scary thing you could possibly experience with a medication. Even if it’s super rare. They have to. It’s the law. So before you run for the hills, consider this: The potential side effects of something as harmless as aspirin are pretty scary when you read them, too. Check it out.

If taking birth control is the right thing for you, we believe there’s a method that will make you feel good about using it. Find one here.

bedsiderBEDSIDER is an online birth control support network for women operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy. Bedsider is totally independent (no pharmaceutical or government involvement). Honest and unbiased, Bedsider’s goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively, and that’s it.
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