If you’ve ever read this website, then you know that it’s pretty obvious that we’re very pro birth control, especially when it comes to the pill. Birth control pills are very effective in preventing pregnancy, allowing you to have safer sex without all of the worrying involved. The pill also does some other positive things, like clearing up acne, making cramps less painful and regulating your period.
But while all of these things are great, even we have to admit that the birth control pill is far from perfect (like most medications out there). It can a long time to find a pill that works right for your body (I’m still searching!) and it can also be expensive to get them on a monthly basis. But forget those things – the birth control pill can also come with some pretty scary side effects. Studies come out all the time highlighting these negative side effects and while it’s difficult to know whether they’re true or not, it’s definitely important to keep yourself informed.
Here are 7 of the scariest side effects of the birth control pill – although please don’t let these keep you from having safe sex. There are different forms of birth control and if the pill isn’t an option for you, you should give something else a try.
It Might Increase Your Risk Of Going BlindThe latest scary news about birth control pills is that they may double your risk of getting glaucoma later in life. A new study shows that women who use the pill for a long time are more likely to get glaucoma later in life. Glaucoma is serious - it's the leading cause of blindness. So can the pill make you go blind? Some say we have nothing to worry about. Others aren't so sure. Source: ShutterStock
It MIght Increase Your Chances Of Breast CancerDon't freak out about this - researchers can't seem to agree on whether or not taking the pill increase your chances of getting breast cancer. Some researchers say that because the pill increases your levels of estrogen, it also increases your chances of getting breast cancer. Other researchers have found no such link. Source: ShutterStock
The Pill Can Cause Blood ClotsIf you smoke, you automatically have a higher risk of getting a blood clot while taking the pill. There are also certain birth controls like Yaz and Beyaz that are associated with a higher risk of blood clots. Blood clots are really serious and shouldn't be taken lightly. Please talk to your doctor about your risk before going on the pill. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Lower Your Sex DriveThe pill can lower your testosterone levels, which lowers your sex drive. It's kind of a bummer that something that is supposed to allow you to have safe sex might make you not want to have sex at all. Doctors say that a lot of women produce enough testosterone so that it doesn't happen, but it is still a possibility. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Cause Serious Mood SwingsIf the pill isn't right for your body, it can cause some pretty serious mood swings. I once was on a brand that made me a monster. I would get furiously angry over nothing and the next minute, I was hysterically crying. I was paranoid, anxious and sometimes depressed enough to consider some pretty terrible things. It was horrible. The pill should not change your mood that much. If it does, please go to the doctor and try a different brand. Source: ShutterStock
It Might Increase The Risk Of Heart DiseaseThe pill can raise levels of the C-reactive protein in your body, which can increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. Researchers say that that risk is very low, though. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Change Who You're Attracted ToRecent studies have shown that the pill can change who you're attracted to. The changes in your hormone levels can cause you to change how you see the opposite sex. I'm having a hard time taking this one seriously, but this might be a risk for some people. Who knows? Source: ShutterStock
Do you take the birth control pill? Have you ever dealt with some negative side effects from it? What happened? Tell us in the comments.