ARE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS SAFE TO USE AT ANY AGE?

ARE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS SAFE TO USE AT ANY AGE?

Once a woman starts to menstruate and is sexually active, then the birth control pill is a good way of preventing pregnancy. However, as you get older and particularly towards the 35 – 40 year old age group, is the birth control pill still safe to use? It can be a long gap between 35 and hitting menopause, which is the time when birth control starts to not be so necessary. But what should you do if your age is causing you to worry when you take the pill?

 

Do I risk a heart attack?

Research has shown that more women in the 35 – 40 year old age bracket are now more prone to heart attacks but they are not sure why. It could of course be due to things such as over-eating, lack of exercise or smoking too much, and not necessarily be because of taking the pill. It may not be necessary for you to cease using it just because you fall into this age group.

 

What about other health risks?

The birth control pill normally contains a mix of hormones and some doctors believe it could actually act as a protection against ovarian/uterine cancer. As for breast cancer, it is not really known whether the pill exacerbates the chance of getting this or not. It is possible the birth control pill may push cholesterol levels up as well as blood pressure, but research in this area is still very vague.

 

I am 35 soon. Should I give up the pill?

If you are in your mid 30’s, early 40’s then it is a good idea to check with your doctor as to whether or not you should continue with the pill or not. However, the good news is that if you are healthy, do not smoke and look after your health, it is likely that your doctor will support you taking the pill until you hit 50 and start to see signs of the menopause.

 

But what if I am not in good health?

When your doctor carries out your consultation, he will look at your overall health before recommending the pill. He will ask you questions about the following:

  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have a problem with high blood pressure?
  • Are you diabetic?
  • Are your cholesterol levels high?
  • Do you suffer from migraine?

If it looks as if the birth control pill is not suitable, he will discuss it with you and look at the best way of moving forward. You may need to make changes to your lifestyle or examine alternative methods of contraception.

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HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE MORNING AFTER PILL?

Contraception should always be used when having sex but in the unfortunate event that you have unprotected intercourse, the morning after pill can help. The key factor with this medication is how soon after the event the drug is taken. There are various types of morning after pill available, including Levonelle and EllaOne.

What should I do if I need this pill?

Most of all, you should not panic. As long as the morning after pill is taken up to 3 days after sex, it should prevent an unwanted pregnancy, although no contraceptive can be said to be 100% effective. If you already have an emergency supply of this pill at home, take it immediately. If not, you should obtain the pill as quickly as you can.

Where can I get the morning after pill from?

You can get the pill from a doctor or clinic or order the pill from an online store that offers 24hr delivery.
What happens after I take the pill?
You should not experience any ill affects after taking the pill. However, here are just a few factors that you should be aware of as they may reduce the pill’s overall reliability:

  • Sickness: If you are sick or the pill makes you feel nauseas and you physically vomit, the drug may be removed from your system. Contact a doctor to check if you need to top up your dose.
  • BMI: If your body mass index is high, then certain morning after pills may be more effective. During your medical consultancy your doctor will decide which the most suitable drug for you to use.
  • Other medication: You must also tell your doctor if you are taking any other drugs or homeopathic remedies as mixing certain medications together may cause problems.
  • Medical history: It is important that you inform your doctor of any current health problems. For example, liver or stomach problems, allergies or hormone issues.

Will the pill affect my periods?

If you use the morning after pill rarely, your periods should remain as normal. However, if you do notice differences in your period after taking the pill it is likely due to the medication. Check with a doctor if you are worried.

Can I use the morning after pill on a regular basis?

No, this is for emergency contraceptive use only. If you are aware that you have had unprotected sex you should contact a doctor as soon as you can. You can visit a doctor or G.P. or get online advice. If you are unable to get to a dispensary or clinic then make use of a reliable and safe online ordering service so that you can make use of this pill as soon as possible.
The morning after pill is a reliable and effective drug but must only ever be used as an emergency precaution.

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