Hormonal birth control pills, also known as oral contraceptives or “the pill”, can affect the menstrual cycle. These pills contain hormones that prevent ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle. They are commonly used to regulate periods, reduce the intensity of cramps, and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
When using birth control pills, periods may become more regular, shorter and lighter. The pill can also help prevent heavy bleeding, spotting between periods, and cramps. However, some people may experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, or changes in mood.
It’s important to note that not all birth control pills are the same, and some may have different effects on the menstrual cycle. It’s best to consult with your healthcare provider to determine which type of birth control pill is best for you and how it may affect your menstrual cycle. Also, it’s important to remember that birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and it’s advisable to use condoms or other forms of protection.