If you don’t plan on having kids anytime soon, birth control pills offer some really great results. Aside from helping us out of sticky situations, the pill has some major positive effects when it comes to regulating our hormones and menstrual cycles.
But lately, it almost seems as if the birth control pill does a lot more harm than good (can we just replace it already?). And the reality is, the negative side effects (which sometimes outweigh the good) that drug companies aren’t telling you about can impact more than just your overall health.
1. Your libido will hit an all-time low.
There’s a reason why your sex drive isn’t what it used to be. According to a study by EurekAlert, women who are on hormonal oral and non-oral contraceptives have a bigger risk of low sexual desire.
Um, the fact that the pill kills your sex drive when you’re about to do the dirty is pretty ironic, don’t you think?
2. In serious cases, it might cause a brain tumor.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology recently published a study that examined the connection between oral contraceptives and cancer.
Although it isn’t definite, researchers believe they found signs that using hormonal contraceptives over a long period of time could gradually increase young women’s risk of getting glioma, which is a rare brain tumor. We’d take this with a grain of salt, since it’s only been recently tested.
But regardless, the thought alone is an eye-opener.
3. It makes you less attractive.
The pill messes with your natural hormone balance, which affects the way you look, smell, taste and sound. Men can also notice that.
According to The Daily Beast, “Throughout a menstrual cycle, hormonal fluctuation can alter a woman’s facial appearance, body odor and vocal pitch. When she’s ovulating, these changes make her more attractive to men, because they indicate fertility. Since the pill inhibits ovulation, women taking it miss out on that peak fertile period during which they would otherwise ooze sex appeal.”