Question: Are there any reasons to be on the pill besides not getting pregnant?
There are actually a number of common reasons that a doctor will prescribe the pill which have nothing to do with pregnancy prevention.
Here are four:
1) Certain types of birth control can help clear up acne.
2) The pill can help regulate irregular periods.
3) Girls with really heavy periods and bad cramps are sometimes put on the pill to help relieve their symptoms.
4) Medical conditions, like polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis can be treated with the pill.
Plus, the pill actually reduces a woman’s risk of developing ovarian and endometrial cancer!
The pill isn’t for everyone. It makes some girls moody. Others get side effects like headaches and nausea. And there are health conditions that could make it dangerous to be on the pill. But for women whose doctors okay it, the pill can be really helpful to deal with a whole bunch of things that have nothing to do with preventing potential baby making.
Have any of you been prescribed the pill for non-contraceptive reasons? How did your parents react?