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Why is Birth Control Important?

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Taking birth control is a popular and effective method of pregnancy prevention, also known as contraception. There are many birth control options available for young women, including hormonal methods such as oral contraceptive pills, mini-pill, hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs), copper IUDs, and vaginal rings, or nonhormonal barrier methods such as the female condom. 

 

All of these methods of birth control are effective at preventing unintended pregnancy. You can discuss the best option for you with your obstetrics health care provider here at Great City Medical.

 

But did you know that taking hormonal birth control can have many women’s health benefits other than just contraception?

 

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of birth control.

 

What are the benefits of taking birth control?

In addition to preventing pregnancy, taking hormonal birth control can provide many health benefits for women.

  • Regular periods
    • The hormones in birth control pills can help regulate your period. Birth control contains hormones called estrogen and progesterone, which mimick the hormones that your body naturally makes. Most birth control pill packs contain three weeks of active hormones and one week of inactive pills without hormones. Your period will come during the week you take the inactive pills. That way, your period should always come every three weeks and last for no more than a week. This can be a great benefit for anyone struggling with irregular periods or long menstrual cycles.
  • Lighter, less painful periods
    • In addition to regulating when you get your period, birth control pills can also help control your period symptoms. Taking birth control pills prevents ovulation and thins the uterine lining. This means your menstrual cycle will likely become much lighter and less painful over time, with less bleeding and fewer cramps. This makes birth control pills a great option for anyone struggling with heavy bleeding, painful cramps, and other side effects.
  • Relieve endometriosis symptoms
    • Women with endometriosis — a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus and causes heavy, painful periods — can benefit from taking birth control. Taking birth control pills will not cure endometriosis, but it can help manage the symptoms of endometriosis. Taking birth control can help reduce the growth of the uterine lining and reduce painful cramps and heavy bleeding. 
  • Prevent ovarian cysts
    • Ovarian cysts, which are painful collections of fluid built up on the ovary, can be caused by hormonal imbalance. Taking birth control can help balance hormones and reduce the risk of developing cysts on the ovary.
  • Relieve PCOS symptoms
    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), is a condition caused by hormone imbalance when the ovaries produce too much testosterone. It is a common condition in girls and young women. Taking birth control can help balance hormones, reduce excess levels of testosterone, regulate your period, and control other potential symptoms such as acne and unwanted hair growth.
  • Reduce acne
    • Acne can be caused by hormonal imbalances and fluctuations. Birth control is commonly taken to balance these hormones and reduce hormonal acne. Acne tends to clear after several months on the pill.
  • Lower risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer
    • Taking hormonal birth control can lower your risk of certain cancers, including ovarian and endometrial cancer. Women who have taken birth control have up to 50% less risk of getting ovarian cancer and up to 30% less risk of getting endometrial cancer. The longer you take the pill, the lower your risks become. The effect is long-acting, as women can benefit from a decreased risk of these cancers for years after they stop taking the pill.
  • Lower risk of anemia
    • Anemia is a common condition in women. It occurs when you do not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen in your body. Symptoms of anemia include extreme fatigue, weakness, and frequent bruising. Taking birth control can help prevent heavy blood loss during your period and reduce the risk of anemia.

 

Does your body change on birth control?

Some women do report gaining or losing weight while taking the birth control pill as a contraceptive method. However, in most cases, any weight change tends to be very minimal and temporary.

 

Taking birth control might also affect body composition. Some women may find it more difficult to put on muscle mass while on the pill.

 

However, risks of body changes are very low, especially if you are taking birth control with very low doses of hormones. Most birth control pills today contain very low levels of hormones compared to historical treatments.

 

Can the pill make you infertile?

While birth control pills prevent pregnancy while you actively take them, they do not have any long-term effect on fertility levels. Scientific research has shown that birth control use, even prolonged use, does not directly cause infertility. Most women are able to regain their natural menstrual cycle and get pregnant within just two to three months of stopping taking birth control.

 

If you started taking birth control to help treat endometriosis, PCOS, hormone imbalances, or other reproductive issues, these issues may return after you stop taking birth control. These conditions may negatively affect fertility and will need to be treated properly before conceiving.

 

Talk to your doctor about the benefits of birth control today

Birth control can have many women’s health benefits beyond just contraceptive use. However, hormonal contraceptives are not effective at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 

 

Hormonal birth control might not be right for everyone. Birth control can increase your risk of blood clots and high blood pressure. It might not be a good option for people who smoke. 

 

At Great City Medical, our specialists are experts on reproductive health. Talk to your doctor today to learn more about the non-contraceptive benefits of birth control and if birth control is right for you.

 

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Elsa A.
Elsa A.
20:04 12 Jul 24
Great and friendly staff my GYN Dr. is very caring I’ve been going to her since 2016..
Josephine S.
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20:10 09 Jul 24
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18:51 27 Jun 24
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Yusleini A.
19:52 19 Jun 24
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Kaye R.
Kaye R.
23:35 13 Jun 24
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21:08 10 Jun 24
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Marlenny A.
Marlenny A.
15:12 07 Jun 24
Excellent service it’s a lot better than what it used to be and I am grateful for that.. doctor is wonderful.. and the PCA’s that work there are the best all of the women are caring and patient.. they make you feel welcomed.. Dr Marly Granna is the best .. you don’t meet doctors like her anymore these days 🙇‍♂️🙏
Thomas R.
Thomas R.
17:35 04 Jun 24
This place is amazing because of the ladies and doctors that work there. They are an amazing group of people! They are professional, friendly and courteous! I reccomend this clinic to everyone, great place and convenient.To all the staff; thank you for all the hard work that you do!
Elizabeth H.
Elizabeth H.
16:36 17 May 24
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Carol D.
Carol D.
16:27 17 May 24
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19:07 08 May 24
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18:51 07 May 24
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Von D.
21:27 06 May 24
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Vicky I.
Vicky I.
16:49 01 May 24
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Elsy C.
16:13 23 Apr 24
Great City Medical you are the bestest best.. Your staff is excellent …Thank you each & everyone for your kind patience ✨️ 💛 mucho ❤️…
Tyra S.
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20:26 17 Apr 24
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Anna P.
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19:50 17 Apr 24
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Claudia T.
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20:37 16 Apr 24
My experience has been getting better over the years I’ve been coming to this location!!
Shan S.
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18:36 11 Apr 24
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Charley B.
Charley B.
17:49 09 Apr 24
Today was my first visit ever .. Everything was so professional from check in to the last .. I will be going here and making this my gyn office 🩷Professionalism is 10/10
Desiree C
Desiree C
18:11 08 Apr 24
DR TYSBA IS THE BEST GYN IN THE WORLD. I HAVE BEEN TO A LOT WITHIN MY 50 YEARS AND SHES TOP SHELF!
Shay H.
Shay H.
15:36 08 Apr 24
Their professionalism makes for a pleasant, medical experience.Grateful to have Dr. Grana, as my primary care physician.
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rockerto video R.
12:58 04 Apr 24
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Maria M.
Maria M.
22:57 27 Mar 24
Always a good service and kind people over there. I have been going to there for over 5 years and I had good service with good doctors. Thank you for all the staff.
Yaneth P.
Yaneth P.
18:52 27 Mar 24
My first time at this location, availability is always open. Staff and doctor were very pleasant and attentive. Sign- in was quick and easy! If your looking for a gynecologist this is your place.
Jennifer P.
Jennifer P.
15:45 27 Mar 24
A very friendly and attentive staff. Everything was practical and quick. Affordable prices. I’ll definitely be back for more procedures!
Marina P.
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15:41 27 Mar 24
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Carolina M.
Carolina M.
13:27 26 Mar 24
The staff,Nursees and Doctor is of utmost professional quality and care
Charles J J.
Charles J J.
20:33 25 Mar 24
Today was my first visit to the office. All staff were very pleasant and thoughtful. The level of professionalism is top tier. I feel welcomed and secured in the knowledge given by the physicians. Looking forward to making this my forever gyn office. Definitely different from the rest!
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20:09 25 Mar 24
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A Luis S.
A Luis S.
18:32 25 Mar 24
The Whole staff were friendly and very helpful, I didn’t have an appointment but they saw me the same day! From the Receptionist, nurses and Doctor… Great Job TEAM!
Raul V.
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18:12 25 Mar 24
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22:18 20 Mar 24
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Allalive C.
Allalive C.
17:53 14 Mar 24
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latia H.
18:32 13 Mar 24
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19:46 06 Mar 24
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23:55 04 Mar 24
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23:15 04 Mar 24
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17:55 28 Feb 24
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Yolande M.
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22:15 26 Feb 24
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20:01 22 Feb 24
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20:33 21 Feb 24
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22:25 19 Feb 24
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Ana B.
Ana B.
15:36 19 Feb 24
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Juliana R.
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16:22 16 Feb 24
At first it was hard getting through to Great City by phone. I soon discovered the chat. I was verily informed about everything from the costs right down to the procedure, that being examination for immigration purposes. I was kept up to date by Antony all the way up until it was time to pick up my form. The staff were very friendly as well. I should also mention too that the cost was the most inexpensive out of all the places I checked.
Mitsy D.
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18:30 15 Feb 24
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13:34 15 Feb 24
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Taqazua P.
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00:08 13 Feb 24
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20:29 07 Feb 24
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Elizabeth B.
Elizabeth B.
16:03 07 Feb 24
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Diamond F.
Diamond F.
16:28 01 Feb 24
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Elvin A
Elvin A
20:36 31 Jan 24
I like this little clinic a lot! Very friendly stuff, Dr. Grana seems to be a very professional. Been going there for almost a year now. Highly recommend!
Yulya Y.
Yulya Y.
19:35 31 Jan 24
Staff was professional, courteous and informed me of anything along the way. I would definitely go back. I also waited 5 min before being seen on a Monday morning.
Sabrosa V.
Sabrosa V.
22:22 29 Jan 24
Great experience each time I go . Professional clean and very respectful office. Staff always pleasant. Doctors very caring.
Juanita R.
Juanita R.
19:30 24 Jan 24
I am so appreciate Dr. Tsyba and the whole team. You are the best 👌
Alla M.
Alla M.
23:05 22 Jan 24
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Wanda R.
Wanda R.
00:10 17 Jan 24
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Sathyanarayana Rao Mallur Venkata R.
Sathyanarayana Rao Mallur Venkata R.
01:04 11 Jan 24
From the front desk to the medical assistant, to the lab, and down to the doctor and whoever you passed by, it was excellent customer service. It was topnotch. I think the entire staff took extra customer service classes.
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ibro D.
12:52 05 Jan 24
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