This encounter was a reminder that the birth control pill has a bad name. Sure, it's contraceptive power is fantastic (97% effective when used perfectly). But it's so much more than that:
- The anti-anemia pill. You bleed less heavily and for fewer days each month.
- The anti-cramp pill. You need less ibuprofen...and maybe none at all.
- The pro-clear-skin pill. Dermatologists recommend the pill to help control acne.
- The anti-hair-in-the-wrong-places pill. Meaning less hair growth on your face.
- The cyst-reduction pill. You reduce the chances of benign ovarian and breast cysts.
- The cancer prevention pill. Reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by 50% and your risk of endometrial cancer by 80%.
- The mood stabilizer pill. The pill can work wonders in some women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
- The bone strengthening pill. Studies indicate that use of the pill can help ward off osteoporosis.
- The pro-fertility pill. The pill provides some protection against pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a major cause of infertility.
All of these reasons can give you incentive to stay on your pill, even if you don't need the contraceptive benefits any longer.