As mentioned in a previous article, physicians are frequently quick to prescribe hormonal birth control to patients not only for pregnancy prevention, but for a variety of other medical purposes as well. We would like to encourage women to learn more about the potential side effects of hormonal birth control before starting it. To that end, we would like to provide you more information on two of those effects: migraines and deep vein thrombosis.
Migraines are a chronic medical condition characterized by severe headaches with intense throbbing pain. They cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While not a threat to your health, they can last for days and have a huge impact on your daily life. While the cause of migraines is not fully understood, researchers link them to abnormal changes in substances that are naturally produced in the body. The changing levels cause inflammation, which in turn causes the blood vessels in the brain to swell and press on nerves, creating the pain. In some women, the varying hormone levels that come along with taking birth control can serve as a migraine trigger. Typically, the migraine will occur during the last week of the cycle, which is the “off” week, when you are taking placebo pills. During that time, your body goes through hormone withdrawal and your estrogen levels drop sharply, setting off the migraine. It is an endless and painful cycle.
Deep vein thrombosis is an extremely dangerous type of blood clot that typically forms in the legs. Clots of this type can be deadly, because they carry the risk of traveling to the lung, creating what is known as a pulmonary embolism. This is a blockage of an artery in the lung which can cause death. Doctors have found that the estrogen in hormonal birth control makes the blood more likely to clot. Therefore, they say that you should absolutely avoid any type of estrogen therapy if you carry any other risk factor for blood clotting. These include smoking, being overweight, traveling frequently, having high blood pressure, suffering from migraines, or having a family history of blood clots, heart disease, heart defects, or stroke.
Are you ready to let your body return to its natural hormone levels? If so, you should know that many non-hormonal forms of family planning are available. For example, you may wish to learn more about Lady-Comp, a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length. It is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations and computer techniques to predict your fertile days, primarily based on your morning body temperature. Research shows that Lady-Comp is 99.3% accurate. To learn more about Lady-Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY. We are looking forward to speaking with you.