Is birth control pill safe long term?
Safety of long-term pill use
For most healthy people, birth control pills are safe for long-term use.
There are exceptions, of course.
Not everyone has the same experience with birth control pills.
What are long term side effects of birth control?
The safety of using long-term hormonal birth control may depend on a person’s risk factors, age, and medical history. Read on to find out the short-term and long-term effects of birth control.
Short-term side effects
- bleeding between periods, or spotting.
- breast tenderness.
- weight gain.
- mood swings.
Why birth control is bad for you?
Even though birth control pills are very safe, using the combination pill can slightly increase your risk of health problems. Complications are rare, but they can be serious. These include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and liver tumors. In very rare cases, they can lead to death.
What age should you stop taking the pill?
All women can stop using contraception at the age of 55 as getting pregnant naturally after this is very rare. For safety reasons, women are advised to stop the combined pill at 50 and change to a progestogen-only pill or other method of contraception.