Did you know, Long before birth control pills were readily available to women of childbearing age, some ancient women ate pomegranate seeds to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Birth Control pills, also known as “Oral contraceptive pills” or “the pill” are a form of female hormonal birth control method that is taken to prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg and thus stop pregnancy. The Pills are in the form of tablets containing two types of synthetic female hormones, namely: estrogen and progestin. This is similar to the hormones, estrogen and progesterone produced by the ovaries naturally in the body.
How do Birth control pills work?
The hormones in the pills prevent pregnancy by suppressing the pituitary gland that stops the development and release of the egg in the ovary (ovulation). Furthermore, the progestin helps prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and changes the uterus lining. Meaning, that your ovaries won’t release an egg every month, as they usually do. These pills cause your body to thicken your cervical mucus making the sperm impossible to reach the uterus because of the thickened mucus around the cervical walls.
How effective are these pills?
If taken correctly, birth control pills works effectively in preventing pregnancy. Birth control pills are about 91% effective, which means 9 out of 100 users conceive even after being on pill. However, it is less effective if you have diarrhea or stomach issues. During those times, it is recommended to check with your doctor to see if you’re at risk of pregnancy. Condoms are comparatively safer unless they break due to force or any other factor which might let entry of sperms.
Side-effects of Birth Control
While Birth control pills are safe for most women and give you freedom in your sex lives, they also come with some side effects. Hormonal birth control pills can cause a decline in your sex drive, your mental state during sex, and even your ability to orgasm. This is because of the high quantity of synthetic hormones present in the pills which may mess up with your body. These pills are designed to prevent ovulation, and to do that female hormones have to be altered or suppressed to make the pill work. Unfortunately, these very hormones are also linked with your sex drive.
So how exactly do they cause a decrease in your sex drive? The bad news is birth control pills increase the liver’s production of sex hormone- binding globulin, which hinders testosterone and decreases a women’s sensitivity to external sexual stimulus, thus killing their desire to have sex. Moreover, the high proportion of synthetic hormones present in the pill makes cervical mucus thicker and lessens the fluid coming though the vaginal wall, which in turn makes the vagina feel drier and females feel less aroused, making it hard for penile penetration.
Although, Birth control has been used as a basic healthcare need for women, marketing decision rather than scientific reasons has been the reason for positioning of pills in the market by Pharmaceutical companies, with Gynecologists being the mediators.
Moreover, birth control pills don’t protect you against STDs. To ensure that you stay safe from it, you need to use condoms along with your pill. Bleu’s Non-toxic, Organic, chemical-free condoms have been designed specifically to keep you safe and provide you with a pleasurable experience between the sheets.