Contrary to popular belief, Birth Control is used for more than just keeping yourself from getting pregnant. Many women who are not sexually active may take the contraceptive pills, or use an IUD, or some other form of birth control for reasons that have nothing to do with keeping themselves from becoming pregnant. Some women have to take birth control for health reasons. Here are some of those reasons:
Preventing Cysts on the Ovaries
A woman’s ovaries are about the size of an almond. And, unfortunately, high cysts on these small but vital body parts are very common. Ovarian cysts form on the ovary usually as a result of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Which, of course, happens every month. While these cysts will typically go away on their own and won’t cause pain, when they DO cause pain, it’s nearly immeasurable. Symptoms can include a sharp pelvic pain, bloating, vomiting, fever, and, in some severe cases, can cause a woman to faint because of the immense pain.
Birth control keeps your body from ovulating, which keeps the cysts from forming at all. So women who are known to get cysts that do burst can prevent the incredible pain, and not risk anything more severe.
Preventing Pain from Endometriosis
Birth control is often prescribed to girls and women diagnosed with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a “painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus” (Mayo Clinic). This makes a woman’s period more painful than the average woman’s cycle, causing terrible amounts of pain and sometimes preventing a woman from being able to reproduce. Birth control can temporarily prevent periods, helping this pain to either become easier to deal with, or cease altogether for the time being.
Helping Women who Don’t Have a “Normal” Menstrual Cycle
Some women are without their period because of a lack of body fat/weight, abnormal amounts of stress, or excessive exercise. Birth control can be prescribed in these cases to replace the hormone estrogen, which can help regular the menstrual cycle to where it should be.
On the other hand, some women have excessive menstrual cycles that cause them to bleed for more than the typical 3-7 days. This can be harmful for the woman involved, causing more pain for the victim. Birth control can be prescribed here to lessen the time the woman is experiencing her period, and lessen the severity of the pain she may be suffering through.
These are important things to consider when the discussion of birth control comes up in conversation. Not everyone is using it to prevent pregnancy, and even if someone is, there may be more reason behind the use of birth control as well. It’s not a black and white situation.