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The ups-and-downs of birth control are as lucid as they are useful, with sexually-active couples taking advantage of a clean and healthy method to preventing problems. With teenagers, being sexually-active is as familiar to them as saying “good morning!”
With schools and clinics aware of this, they are armed with advice that is as prone to misleading young people as they are to help them.
The main issue that some are concerned with is the use of hormonal contraception and the morning-after pill, which poses a number of risks that can damage the body whilst keeping pregnancy at bay.
Granted, not all teenagers will take birth control pills for the same reasons. It is interesting that the pill can lessen the symptoms of acne or irregular periods, but even these are banned in Europe due to resulting problems.
Like pain-relief, there are potential side-effects that could harm the user, rather than directly help them with the real issue. Medicine is a harsh business, with the side-effects mostly becoming an advantage for them.
Due to the amount of hormonal manipulation in the pill, the risks can vary between blood clots to cancer.
Pills such as Plan B are a steroid, which changes hormones so that the individual’s body believes that they are pregnant. The body and mucus thickens to prevent fertilisation. In doing so, the lining of the uterus is thinned out, which in turn (but not always), prevents ovulation.
So taking a risk in order to reduce risk doesn’t seem like a fair deal. In light of the uses of the morning-after pill, the downsides are far worse in the long-run.
There is always another way.
Contraception is an excellent device to prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies, but the only costs that there should be are the ones performed over the counter, rather than the ones induced by chemicals and hormonal imbalances.