Side-effects of overuse of contraceptives

Updated at: Oct 27, 2015
Side-effects of overuse of contraceptives

Over the counter birth control pills are one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy however over use of these pills may pose certain threats to your health.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
SnrWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Oct 27, 2015

Did you know that using emergency contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy has a downside as well? Well, according to gynaecologists, frequent use of such drugs may increase your risk of getting STD cases; hence, such drugs should be changed from over the counter drugs to prescription drugs.


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The way these drugs are presented in the advertisements these days, makes young women assume that it is the easiest way to avoid pregnancy. But what they fail to understand are the repercussions of overuse of such drugs as these pills are not dangerous for young women but also put them at the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS.  However, doctors believe media can play an important role in spreading awareness against the overuse of contraceptives.


Earlier, women used to avoid unprotected intercourse due to ethical issues and stigma attached to getting pregnant before marriage. But now, things have changed, young women think it is easy to prevent pregnancy by using these drugs. Hence, these drugs should be made prescription medicine.


These pills have many side effects like persistent irritation, delayed menstruation, heavy bleeding, and vomiting.


Other side effects of birth control pill include

Headache, dizziness and breast tenderness: These side effects may go away after you have been taking the pills for some time. If they do not, switching to another brand might help.



You may experience nausea during the initial days which will probably go away in a couple of months.


Intermenstrual spotting

Most of the women who take birth control pills experience vaginal bleeding between expected periods, most commonly within the first 3 months of starting to take the pill. During spotting, the effective of the pill remains intact as long as it is taken correctly and none were missed.


Mood changes

Women with history of depression, may experience depression or other emotional changes on start taking the pill. Besides, it may also affect your mood.


Vaginal discharge

Some women experience vaginal discharge due to birth control pills.


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