Birth control pills are used to prevent pregnancy. But these days they are also prescribed by doctors to treat irregular menstruation, cystic acne, PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and painful periods. But do you know, these birth control pills have side effects? Check out below.
The Side Effects
Since contraceptive pills function by introducing hormones in the body, the balance of hormones present in the body may be disturbed. This may lead to several health issues like:
- irregular menstrual cycles
- prolonged periods
- breast tenderness
- weight gain
- mood swings
Impact on the Brain
Sadly, that’s not all. A recent study outlined at the Radiological Society of North America’s 105th Annual Meeting 2019 found a startling disparity in the brain scans of people taking the pill and those not taking it. Scientists studied the brains of 50 women, 21 of whom were on the pill, to perform the research.
The doctors showed that women taking the contraceptive pills had a dramatic difference in the size of the hypothalamus relative to those not taking the pill. The hypothalamus is a crucial brain region for the uninitiated, which is responsible for sex drive, sleep cycle, mood swings, and appetite.
Dr. Lipton, the study’s lead author and professor of radiology at the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center gave statement. He said, “This initial study shows a strong association. Should motivate further investigation into the effects of oral contraceptives on brain structure and their potential impact on brain function.”
The scientists maintained that the findings were still tentative. It needs further work, in-depth studies. This is to further understand the effect of oral contraceptives on the brain.