ContraceptivesOkay, so it is established that contraceptive pills are used to prevent fertilization, but did you know that some women use these pills incorrectly? Or that missing a period while on the pill doesn’t indicate anything abnormal.

Here are some facts you might be oblivious of regarding contraceptive pills.

Can you use Birth control pill to delay or eliminate your period?
Yes, Birth control pill is actually used to delay period or eliminate it. However,  not all doctors think it’s a good idea to delay menstruation. 

Can you use several birth control pills at once for emergency contraception? 
It’s possible to use standard estrogen-progestin birth control pills for emergency contraception, but check with your doctor for the proper dose and timing of the pills. 

Do birth control pills cause weight gain? 
Many women often blame the birth control pill for weight gain. But studies have shown that the effect of the birth control pill on weight is small — if it exists at all. However, the way the hormones in birth control pills act on tissues in your breasts, hips and thighs can make you feel as if you’ve gained weight. This is usually due to fluid retention and not increased body mass or fat. Estrogen in birth control pills directly affects fat (adipose) cells, making them larger, but not greater in number. 

How do birth control pills affect your risk of cancer? 
Scientific evidence suggests using birth control pills for longer periods of time increases your risk of some cancers, such as cervical cancer and liver cancer, but it also decreases your risk of other types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. 

Do birth control pills affect cholesterol levels? 
Birth control pills can affect cholesterol levels. How much of an effect depends on the type of pill you’re taking and what concentration of estrogen or progestin it contains. 

If you plan to have a baby, how soon after stopping the birth control pill can you conceive? 
After you stop taking the pill, you may have only a two-week delay before you ovulate again. Your period would follow about four to six weeks after you take the last pill. Once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant. If this happens during your first cycle off the pill, you may not have a period at all.

What happens if you stop taking the birth control pill but your period doesn’t resume?
If you don’t get a period for several months, you may have what’s known as post-pill amenorrhea. The pill prevents your body from making hormones involved in ovulation and menstruation. When you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to normal production of these hormones.

Typically, your period should start again within three months after you stop taking the pill. But some women, especially those who took the pill to regulate their menstrual cycles, may not have a period for many months.

If you don’t have a period within three months, take a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant and then see your doctor.