How Can I Prevent Birth Control Side Effects?

It’s true that hormonal birth control prevents unwanted pregnancy. But unfortunately, it’s also true these contraceptive methods can come with unwanted side effects, like spotting, weight gain, and nausea.

At Kelly Morales, OB/GYN, our women’s health specialist, Dr. Morales, understands how these unpleasant side effects can make you second guess your choice of contraception. But instead of throwing in the towel when it comes to hormonal birth control, try our top tips for preventing their troublesome side effects instead. 

Why does birth control cause side effects?

Most hormonal birth control, like the combined birth control pill, works by raising hormone levels in your blood. This “tricks” your body into thinking you’re pregnant so you stop ovulating.

But since your body thinks you're pregnant, you may experience symptoms some women experience in early pregnancy. 

Some of the most common side effects of hormonal birth control include:

Some women never have any side effects. For most women, these symptoms resolve after 2-3 months of consistent birth control use, but for others, they never leave.   

If you continue to experience side effects after 3 months, talk to Dr. Morales. There are many birth control options available, and sometimes eradicating symptoms is a matter of finding the pill with the right balance of hormones for your body. 

How can I prevent birth control side effects?

The best way to prevent birth control side effects is to select the right birth control for you. As an expert in hormonal contraception, Dr. Morales can make suggestions based on your personal health history and side-effect concerns. 

It’s helpful to remember that whenever you start a new hormonal birth control, your body needs some time to adjust. 

Here are some tips for coping with the most common side effects:

Anti-inflammatory foods include fruits and vegetables, spices, and foods that are rich in omega-3 fats (found in salmon and other fatty fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts). 

Remember, Dr. Morales spends as much time as you need going over your options to help reduce your risk of getting adverse side effects from hormonal birth control in the first place. 

If at any time you’re not happy with the method you’re using, Dr. Morales is happy to explain other options, including trying different pills, the patch, vaginal rings, or an intrauterine device (IUD).   

Learn more about your birth control options and how to prevent side effects by contacting our office in San Antonio, Texas. Call 210-570-77277 to schedule an appointment. 

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