The Pill Truth

We pop that tiny tablet daily, to keep us baby-free. But there are still questions: Does it make us less randy? Does it pack on extra pounds? Will it really clear blemished skin? Will it cause cancer? No need to wonder any longer. Medical Science has finally given us the answers.

Truth: Not feeling so sexy? The pill could be the culprit. Women who take oral contraceptives have higher levels of a protein that subdues testosterone (the hormone that affects sex drive), according to a new study in the American Journal of Sexual Medicine. Trying a different pill or method may help.

Myth: Jeans becoming a bit snug? Don’t blame the pill. A recent review of 44 studies shows no connection between weight gain and oral contraceptives. So don’t let the worry of putting on extra pounds keep you from giving oral contraceptives a try.

Truth: Breakouts getting you down? The pill can help clear your skin. Birth control pills that may improve acne include Desogen, Demulen, Brevicon, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Ovcon 35, Ortho Novum 7/7/7 and Nelova 1/35. Ask your doctor which brand he or she thinks is best.

Myth: Afraid of an increased cancer risk? Don’t be. According to breastcancer.org, a well-designed study provides solid evidence that birth control pills do NOT increase the risk of breast cancer. This is true even for women who have taken the pill a good portion of their lives as well as those with a family history of breast cancer.

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