Oral Contraceptives are a host of drugs that contains a combination of estrogen's and progestin's, but sometimes only progestin's. Contraceptive's are mainly used to prevent pregnancies, but are sometimes used for such issues like regulating menstrual cycles, endometriosis, among other things. Oral Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy uses different estrogen and progestin by-products, so they should not be confused with one another.
According to the 2011 report by Guttmacher, : "Beyond Birth Control: The over looked benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills." an estimated 11.2 million women between the ages of 15-44 uses OCP's, which is approximately 18% of the US women.
58% of the women uses OCP's for causes other than birth control.
31% of the women uses OCP's for cramps and pain relating to menstrual periods.
28% of the women uses OCP's for menstrual irregularities.
14% of the women uses OCP's for acne.
4% of the women uses OCP's for endometriosis.
11% of the women who uses OCP's had unspecified reasons.
The problem that I have as a Wellness Consultant with Oral Contraceptives is the interactions with Nutrients and dietary supplements and the overall state of well-being.
*Folic Acid Depletion can lead to depression, weakness, sore tongue, headaches, irritability, etc...
*Iron Overloads with decreased menstrual blood loss can lead to an increase of iron stores (Hemochromatosis) which in turn can cause cirrhosis of the liver, Diabetes, Cardiomyopathy, Arthritis, Tanning of the skin, Bone and Joint pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of hair, weakness, etc...
*Magnesium Depletion can mean muscle spasms, tics, coronary spasms, calcium deficiency, hyperglycemia, seizures, difficulty swallowing, etc...
*Vitamin B6 Depletion can cause metabolic problems, tingling sensations, seizures, insomnia, problems in the central nervous system and mouth tissues, as well as a host of other problems...
*Other depletion's that were found is B1,B2,B3, B12, C, and Zinc.
*Other increases in absorption is calcium and vitamin A.
There are Healthier Alternatives... Please seek herbals solutions for pain, acne, irregularities, etc... Your body will love you for it.