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Birth control side effects
Many women dislike the idea of ingesting artificial hormones or of having devices implanted in their bodies. Increasingly, the effects of hormonal birth control and other forms of contraception on women’s health and wellbeing are becoming more evident.
Some of the side effects resulting from the use of hormonal contraceptives include:
- loss of libido
- discoloration of the skin (melasma/chloasma)
- changes in weight or appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- mood changes, including depression
- aggravation of varicose veins
- gastrointestinal symptoms (pain, cramps, bloating)
- vaginitis (yeast infection)
- vitamin deficiencies
- water retention
- vision impairment
- liver malfunction (jaundice)
Further, numerous studies show increased risk of cancer and increased risk of blood clots resulting from the use of hormonal contraceptives.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in recent years against manufacturers of various birth control pills for serious health complications suffered, including:
- Heart attack
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in legs)
- Pulmonary embolism (blockages in the lungs)
- Gallbladder disease
Likewise, thousands of women have filed claims against the manufacturers of the Mirena® IUD (intrauterine devices) for serious side effects. In general, IUDs increase risk of:
- Ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Abnormal bleeding
- Displacement of the device, which can lead to serious complications.
Hundreds of women have also reported adverse reactions to the Essure® sterilization procedure, with at least 91 women having to undergo a hysterectomy as a result of damages. Users of the copper IUD Paragard® have reported symptoms of copper toxicity.
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Women seeking to avoid birth control side effects can learn more about fertility awareness methods as natural alternatives to pharmaceutical birth control.Mirena, Essure are registered trademarks of Bayer. Paragard is a registered trademark of CooperSurgical, Inc.