The deadly pill


"I'm not going to take birth control it's going to make me fat!"


The birth control pill (also called "the Pill") is a daily pill that contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevent pregnancy. Hormones are chemical substances that control the functioning of the body's organs. In this case, the hormones in the Pill control the ovaries and the uterus.

Myths about birth control

          Everyone has heard at one point or another many common misbeliefs or myth's about birth control, here are some of the most common ones.

1.     Birth control will cause me to gain weight.

This is not true if you are taking the standard birth control but, everyone may have a different reaction to the pill since no one has the same body .however, if you are concerned about your weight you can make sure you have a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

2. I won't be able to have kids when I get older

          Many people believe that once they get on the pill and later decide to have a child in the future that they won't but that is not the case. In fact once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant," says Dr. Fernandez. "About 50 percent of women will ovulate in their first month after stopping birth control pills. Most women will begin to ovulate in the first three to six months after stopping the Pill."

3. Birth control also protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Birth control pills only reduces the chances of becoming pregnant and it doesn't protect you from STD's

4. You should stop taking the pill every now and then

          There is never a reason to stop taking the pill unless the Doctor has told you to. If you stop randomly you are making the pill less effective and increasing the chance of pregnancy.

The truth & Side effects

The birth control pill is a safe and effective method of birth control. Most young women who take the Pill have none to very few side effects. The side effects that some women have while on the Pill include:


•irregular menstrual bleeding

•nausea, headaches, dizziness, and breast tenderness

•mood changes

•blood clots (rare in women under 35 who do not smoke)


Some of these side effects improve over the first 3 months on the Pill. When a girl has side effects, a doctor will sometimes prescribe a different brand of the Pill.


The Pill also has some side effects that most girls are happy about. It usually makes periods lighter, reduces cramps, and is often prescribed for women who have menstrual problems. Taking the Pill often improves acne, and some doctors prescribe it for this purpose.


What would you do?


I've always thought that the side effects of the pill in no way out weighs the risk. As a female, and a liberal Penn State student, pregnancy would greatly detour my plans for the future. Withstanding a few negative side effects throughout the years to keep from going through the hardships, physical as well as mental, off pregnancy is well worth it. According to CNN Money, the already high cost ($170,000 in 2000) of raising a child from birth to age 18 is rising. The estimate as of 2010 is a whopping $276,920 per child in a two parent, two child family. With those costs for a child, not including cost of 9 months pregnancy and labor, I'd stock up extra on the Pill. Or do it the old fashion way, and abstain.

I have heard many complaints about the side effects you mentioned in your blog. The most common complaint is weight gain; however, I think there is a lot of psychology around this idea. First, my guess is that most girls go on the pill around late high school or early college. Freshman fifteen anyone? This is right around the time when most people gain weight anyway, Therefore, these girls might be blaming the weight gain on their birth control pill instead of other confounding variables. Second, it is in every girl's mind that they will gain weight when going on birth control pills. Hense, they pay attention less to what they're eating because they believe it's not their fault they are gaining weight. To fix these problems, I would conduct a double-blind placebo trial. In this experiment, I would give a control group a placebo pill and the experimental group an actual hormonal pill (obviously ensuring none of them are sexually active during the time of the trial). The results of the study would then show if the pill actually caused weight gain or if it is all just psychological.

ok , well I agree with you but the purpose of my blog wasnt to try and conice people to not take the pill it was to inform people about the many myths around the pill and how it shouldnt effect thier choice.
Personally , I would much rather take the pill thanhave the risk of becoming a parent at a time when iam not ready .

Birth control, abortion, pregnancy, and anything relating to that matter can become a gentle, controversial topic depending who one is speaking with. I agree with Jenelle in the fact that I would much rather play it safe and be taking birth control than to possibly run the risk of having a child when one is not ready. Some feel that birth control messes up the way your body naturally runs and behaves, but that is a personal opinion as to whether or not you feel that act of preventing pregnancy is unnatural.
Another side effect that I have most commonly heard is that if someone takes birth control, there is also a possibility that their breasts will grow, drastically or not depending on the person. The idea that your breast size will grow could just be from the fact that you could possibly be gaining weight. As many know, the more weight gained, the bigger your breasts will grow as well. However, could birth control itself make breasts grow? After researching a little I came across an article that provides information regarding this hypothesis. Birth control pills contain estrogen, which causes fluid retention in your breasts, making them grow larger. Also, birth control mimics pregnancy and tricks your body into thinking you are pregnant. When one is pregnant, their breasts grow because of the influx of hormones; basically the same thing happens when you are on the pill. It would be interesting to see if there are any studies done to show this.

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