According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 35% of women aged 15-49 in the US were currently using some form of birth control and nearly ALL (99%) women use some sort of birth control at some point in their lifetime. While there are many birth control options, we will be talking about hormonal controlled form of birth control in this article. Other types of contraception include condoms, spermicides and diaphragms.
Essentially, all hormonal birth control works in a combination of three ways:
- Suppressing the hormone that signals an egg to be released from the ovaries. Since no egg is released, ovulation does not occur and fertilization cannot happen. By doing this, your natural hormones are shut down so your brain no longer communicates with your ovaries.
- Thining the uterine lining (endometrium). This makes it less likely for egg to implant successfully.
- Thicken cervical mucus. By thickening your natural cervical fluids, it is much harder for sperm to enter the uterus and reach the egg.
The two major hormones in hormonal birth control include estrogen and progestin (a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone already found in your body). Birth control such as the pill, patch and ring uses a combination of both estrogen and progestin. Some women are not recommended to take estrogen-based birth control if they are breast-feeding , have a history of blood clots, or concerned about taking estrogen for personal reasons. Thus, birth control such as the mini pill, shot, IUD (non-copper), and arm implants are progestin-only methods. The progestin only method stops ovulation, but not as consistently as in combination with estrogen. So women using these methods are much more likely to get pregnant.
With the use of any type of hormonal birth control, your natural hormonal balance is altered which causes you to experience a plethora of side effects and causes a disconnection with your feminine essence. Once stopping birth control, it is important to take steps to prevent Post Birth Control Syndrome.
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