Once you have decided to put off having children, you probably have chosen to get on an oral contraceptive, commonly referred to as birth control pills. As long as they are taken correctly, the pills drastically reduce your chances of getting pregnant while still maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle. Nonetheless, birth control pills are not all the same. Although most broth control pills contain synthetic progesterone and oestrogen as their active ingredients, they will have other additives that do not play an active role. Depending on the constitution of the birth control pills coupled with the additives, you could end up having negative side effects. To help you discern if your birth control pills are right for you, here are to signs indicating that you need to see your gynaecologist to switch your oral contraceptive.
You have lost your libido
Oral contraceptives function to limit ovulation during your cycle. While this does help with eliminating the risk of getting pregnant, some women may also have their production of testosterone limited in the process, which ends up decreasing your libido. Granted, not conceiving is the entire reason why you are on birth control pills. However, a lack of intimacy between you and your partner can have a serious, negative toll on your relationship. Thus, if you notice that sex with your partner is becoming non-existent, then you should see your gynaecologist for alternative oral contraception. In this case, a pill with higher testosterone levels may prove better for your libido. On the other hand, you may want to consider switching to a non-hormonal contraceptive such as an inter-uterine device.
You are suffering from migraines
A second unfortunate side effect of taking birth control pills is the onset of painful migraines. The bad news is that some women may think it is a normal symptom of being on the pill since the body does take several days to adjust to the introduction of synthetic hormones to the system. However, migraines should never be taken lightly. Firstly, you should note that women that develop migraines from oral contraception are more likely to develop blood clots too, which can travel to other parts of the body and prove fatal. Secondly, severe migraines can lead to vision problems and this impedes your functioning. If you begin to suffer from sudden margins once you are on the pill, you need to stop taking it immediately and see your gynaecologist for a change in contraception.