Using contraceptive methods is essential for women who keep their sex lives active, but do not want to have children at any given time. Nowadays there are several methods, from the simplest and cheapest to the most expensive and complex that involve minor surgeries.
And one of the most used is the famous birth control pill , which has several benefits, but also has some consequences. The withdrawal bleeding is one of them and can scare women who do not know exactly what it is.
But before we talk about exactly what deprivation hemorrhage is, it is necessary to explain in more depth how the birth control pill works.
How does the contraceptive pill work?
The birth control pill is basically a pill that contains certain types of female hormones that prevent or hinder a woman’s ovulation. The pill may contain estrogen and progestin or only progestin, depending on the type of contraceptive.
The pill should be taken daily so that it has its full effect and, preferably, it is always taken at the same time. The combination of hormones that are inside the tablet prevents the woman from ovulating, that is, they prevent the growth of the egg or prevent it from leaving the ovary into the uterus, making fertilization impossible.
The action of these hormones also prevents the cervix from dilating, that is, it makes it more difficult for sperm to find their way to the uterus. The pill’s effectiveness varies between 0.1 and 8%, which is an excellent number within the expected for this type of medicine to be marketed.
In general, the contraceptive pill is very reliable because, despite the existence of a number of failures (which exist with any contraceptive method), it acts in several ways to prevent pregnancy from occurring, in addition to being a cheap and painless method.
IMPORTANT: You should not start taking the contraceptive pill without first consulting a gynecologist and having the necessary tests done. This type of medication can often cause side effects and you need to make sure that you are fit for such a method.
What is Deprivation Hemorrhage, After All?
Now that you know more about how the birth control pill works, we can go deeper into the subject. First of all, it is necessary to know that many of these pills are taken for 21 days a month with a 7-day break.
This pause corresponds to the period of menstruation , but many are unaware that there is a big difference between menstruation and withdrawal bleeding .
While menstruation is a natural process in which a woman’s body flushes out various types of toxins through the vaginal canal. It is worth remembering that what a woman releases during menstruation is not only blood, but also part of the endometrial tissue, in addition to various nutrients and vitamins.
On the other hand, withdrawal bleeding is nothing more than the bleeding that occurs during the contraceptive break period. It is a hemorrhage artificially induced by the hormones it contains in the pill.
Is Deprivation Hemorrhage Harmful to Health?
There is no evidence that the withdrawal hemorrhage does any harm to the health of women in any way, but there is also no evidence to the contrary, that is, that this phenomenon has any health benefits.
It turns out that, unlike menstruation, which serves to eliminate various toxins and renew a woman’s fertile cycle, withdrawal bleeding does none of that , since that fertile cycle is interrupted because of the pill ingestion.
This pause actually works much more as a psychological and even social response than menstruation should be, since there are no biological reasons why it occurs every month in a woman’s body.
However, the pill is much more accepted in society as a whole when this type of bleeding occurs, because women feel more secure and calm about not being pregnant, since the blood has gone down that month.
Dangers of the Contraceptive Pill
The birth control pill is one of the best and most used contraceptive methods, but that does not mean that it does not carry some risks with it. We will list here some of the main dangers and talk a little more about each one. They are:
The birth control pill favors the formation of clots and thrombosis is nothing more than a blood clot that interrupts the flow of one or more veins in someone’s body. The risk is real and women who have a history of this type of problem in the family need to redouble their attention.
Taking the birth control pill also increases a woman’s risk of developing glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve and can leave the woman completely blind.
The pill carries the risk of a woman developing hypertension, but the scenario is even worse when a woman already has this problem, because then there is a risk of a stroke happening . In this case, the most recommended is to talk to the doctor to find out if there are other ways to prevent it that are less harmful to the woman’s health.
Another problem due to poor blood circulation. Ingestion, especially incorrectly, of the pill can also lead a woman to develop varicose veins.
As you can see, most of the risks that the birth control pill has to do with circulation problems, so women who tend to develop such problems, always need to be more careful.
It is worth remembering that women who take the pill correctly and with all exams up to date are at less risk of developing any of these problems, since medical monitoring is being done.
Withdrawal hemorrhage is a consequence that the birth control pill brings and, although it is considered normal, it is not necessary nor healthy . When a woman feels very uncomfortable because of this type of bleeding, it may be time to try to look for another method of contraception.
Nuisances will always exist, but when it starts to disrupt your life in some way, it’s time to rethink how you have been preventing yourself. It is worth remembering that there are advantages and disadvantages in every type of method and what a woman should do is, analyze with her doctor, which is the best for her health and her lifestyle.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.