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The contraceptive pill: all of the symptoms explained

The pill has benefited women for many years.

It's a relatively hassle-free form of contraception which has been effective for many. Lots of women have tried the pill and liked it, but for some, the experience hasn't been as smooth. Whilst the pill is a positive product, there are often negative effects which can be easy to ignore or dismiss as being caused by something else.

This article is not intended to discourage the use of the pill, but to raise awareness of possible effects.

Here are a few common side effects of taking the contraceptive pill:


The pill is recognised as a factor that can contribute to mood changes and anxiety. Whilst this can be perfectly normal—especially in the first few months—it’s important to be aware of any radical or long-term effects. Increasingly worrying about small things can be an indicator that something isn’t right. Worries can become obsessive or be based on things that would not normally cause concern. There are of course many levels to anxiety, but if you are on the pill, make sure that it isn't the cause of intensified worry and stress.

Mood changes and emotions
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Emotional fluctuation falls under a similar bracket to anxiety. For some women, the pill can level out emotions, but for others, it has the opposite effect. Anger, sadness, and other negative emotions may be stimulated or enhanced by taking the pill. It's important to notice the difference between ordinary mood changes and those which don’t feel right or have no apparent cause.

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Changes in sleep are perhaps less common but nevertheless can occur. I personally experienced vivid dreams around the time of my seven-day break. Whilst dreams and nightmares are a part of life, intense changes may be linked to the pill. Stress can cause you to have anxious dreams, so at times it can be hard to differentiate.

Skin problems

Some types can stop acne, but something that people forget to mention is that some types of the pill can also add to skin problems. Being on the pill can weaken the immune system, making the body prone to acne or other infections. In my own experience, I suffered frequent skin infections. I was initially told that the two could not possibly be linked but six months passed with continued problems. I went back to the doctor and after changing pills, the problem didn't return. You know your body better than anyone, so be aware of changes that affect your skin.

Hot flushes

This effect is not necessarily something to worry about, but it can be irritating. According to some articles I’ve read, the pill mimics symptoms of menopause more closely than those of pregnancy—which can lead to increased body heat and hot flushes, particularly during your period.

Positive and negative stories about the pill are everywhere. The important thing to remember is if something doesn't feel right, then you have the power to change it. Listen to your body and be clear with doctors about any symptoms or changes.

* Disclaimer: This article is not backed up with scientific evidence and is merely based on personal experience and stories from others.