7 Signs Your Birth Control Pill is Not the Right One ...

By Neecey

Whether you’re taking the birth control pill as a contraceptive, to control periods or because of PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, cramps, and heavy bleeding, you want to be sure that your pill is the best one for you. It’s good to know that you are either protected from becoming pregnant or that the symptoms of all those other conditions I mentioned might have been brought under control but what if your pill isn’t working as effectively as it should? Look out for these signs your birth control pill is not the right one and consult your doctor is you experience a number of them.

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You Have Frequent Headaches or Migraines

If you have started to get regular headaches, or worse migraines, since going on the pill you might be sensitive to estrogen. The pill increases the amount of estrogen in your body so if you are sensitive to it the pill is not going to be the birth control choice for you, you might want to look into options that don’t contain any hormones.


You’ve Gained Weight or Can’t Lose Weight Easily

I’ve heard from a number of women that their worry with the pill is that they will gain weight. Now, not everyone will. However studies have shown that women who take the oral contraceptive gain 60% less muscle mass than those who are not. One study looked at a 10 week weight training program in which half the women were on the pill and the others were not. It was discovered that the women who were not on the pill gained much more muscle mass than those who were. The women not on the pill had lower levels of cortisol, a hormone which breaks down muscle mass. Women on the pill had higher levels of this hormone, making it much harder for them to lose weight.


You’ve Lost Your Mojo

The birth control pill replaces your sex hormones which can cause you to lose your mojo. When natural ovulation occurs, your body creates the 50% of your testosterone, something that plays a huge part in your sex drive. The pill prevents you from ovulating, so you don’t make that testosterone that your body needs to keep your libido running. Testosterone also gets the blood pumping to your sex organs, making it very important for sensitivity.


You’ve Got Low Energy

When you first start taking the pill, it strips your body of its B vitamins which leads to tiredness, nausea and moodiness. Long term your body will be missing out on key vitamins and nutrients. This can put your endocrine system at risk as many of the glands in this part of the body (reproductive organs) require B vitamins to properly function.


You’re Feeling Depressed

The estrogen and progesterone in the pill affects our brains. It is important to find the right balanced pill for your body to avoid low mood and bouts of depression. Doctors will often prescribe anti-depressants alongside the pill, however stopping taking it in the first place might be the cure you need. Remember that each pill has a different dose of these hormones so it might be a good idea to try a different one, or seek an alternative birth control method.

Famous Quotes

Meaning is not what you start with but what you end up with.

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You like the Wrong Guys, over and over

Who knew! The pill can actually cause you to go after the wrong man! In a study by the University of Bern in Switzerland, women who were not on the pill were asked to smell various t-shirts and choose the one with the smell that was most appealing. The results proved that the women who were not on the pill chose men with a gene very different to their own, making them compatible, genetically. However, women on the pill chose the t-shirt of the men with genes very similar to their own, something which increases the chance of miscarriage. This study suggests that the pill makes it difficult for a woman to find a mate who is genetically compatible with them.


You’re Not Yourself

Before you went on the pill you were happy, healthy and outgoing. Since taking the oral contraceptive you feel moody, unhealthy and miserable. If you feel out of sorts, or something isn’t quite right stop taking it. Trust your instincts, after all your body knows when something isn’t right.

It’s hard to pinpoint that your birth control pill isn’t the right one for you but if you have noticed changes since you started taking it, it’s definitely time to visit the doctor for a discussion.

We’d love to hear from readers who experienced problems with their prescribed pill – how did it affect you?


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The pill never bothered me in any way- except that I was on it when I conceived three of my 4 children. I never missed a pill and always took it at exactly the same time every day. And yet........ Good thing I love kids!

Yea this didn't help lol im still sitting here wondering how my beautiful bundle of joy got in my arms while I was on BC when she was conceived lol

The only thing I ever get is clots but that's about it, been on the pill for 4 years and during some periods there can be big clots :S sometimes I don't get them at all. What do people think??

I knew my pill wasn't working because my periods weren't regulated but my doctor assured me it was fine. A month later I was pregnant and I now have a 15 month old little boy.

My pills didn't work for me when I started having BV infections after every cycle! It was annoying! The hornones in the pills made my PH level way off. I stopped taking them and have not had any issues since!

Oops--'60s, not '6s! ;-)

I'm very glad you mentioned migraines. I came of age in the late '6s, when the (brand-new!) BC pills were v. strong. I had no probs for about 10 years but then started getting terrible migraines during my week OFF the pill. Definitely see your dr if you get migraines w/ no prev. history.

@Jane, I wouldn't use the morning after pill as actual regular BC. It's meant for use in emergency situations. For instance, if you had forgotten your regular method of BC. Or if the condom broke or some other mishap.

Every pill lowers your libido, I'd like to hear a pill that doesn't touch your sex drive.

Point 2 doesn't make that much sense does it? So how is it do you gain muscle or not?