What Are Birth Control Pills Used For?
- Effective, relatively easy-to-use birth control (not messy, discrete)
- Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
- Lighter menstrual bleeding (which decreases the risk of anemia)
- Less menstrual pain
- Regular menstrual cycles.
While all birth control pills are approved for preventing pregnancy, some are approved for additional purposes. These uses include the treatment of:
- Acne (see Birth Control Pills and Acne for a discussion on which pills work best for this condition)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, also known as PMDD (Yaz® is currently the only birth control pill approved for this use).
Also, two medications (Plan B®
) are not birth control pills in the traditional sense, but are approved for emergency contraception (the "morning after pill").