1. They can make your periods more comfortable
The hormones in oral contraceptives work to prevent pregnancy. But they have the added perk of moderating miserable period symptoms.

In addition to easing heavy bleeding, the pill can help keep period cramps at bay, fight acne, and even work to stave off menstrual migraines.

2. Some meds might make your pills less effective
Experts know that antibiotics can keep contraceptive pills from working properly, and evidence suggests other types of antibiotics might do the same.

The pills can get broken down faster than normal. As a result, it could cause a lapse in protection.

That said if you have to take antibiotics while on the pill, play it safe by using condoms or another form of backup contraception.

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3. They can lower your risk for some diseases
Oral contraceptives seem to play a role in helping to prevent some cancers.

Women who’ve taken the pill are less likely to get ovarian cancer and ailments such as arthritis.

And because the pill reduces blood loss caused by heavy periods, it can help prevent iron deficiency anaemia, too.

4. You don’t have to take a break from them
Ever hear that thing about long-term pill use being bad for you?

Some natural health influencers warn that taking oral contraceptives for years on end could wreak havoc on your fertility.

Except… it’s not true. You only need to talk to your doctor to know when to stop.

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