All the Ways Birth Control Can Affect Your Mind & Body

The Pill: Can't live with it, can't live without it. But if you happen to live with it – meaning, you take it every day like clockwork – you know that it has the power to change you from head to toe, for the good and for the bad.

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Ahead, learn all the ways your birth control can affect your mind and body.


1. Birth Control: Weight Changes

Weight Changes

A well-known side effect of birth control is weight gain. The amount of estrogen in birth control pills can cause increased appetite and water retention, though side effects usually subside after your body adjusts. Of course, everyone is different, and some experience weight loss, instead.

2. Birth Control: Irregular Period

Irregular Menstrual Cycle

Many women first decide to go on birth control pills to help regulate or ease the side effects of their menstrual cycle. It may take a few months for your body to get used to the hornones entering your body, and, therefore, spotting or other period irregularities may occur each month. 

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4. Birth Control: Mood Changes

Mood Changes

Another common side effect of the pill: mood swings and increased sadness. Just like when you feel uber anxious, sad or depressed during your period, you may experience similar feelings on the pill. Conversly, some ladies may experience moments of high happiness after taking their daily dose.

It's important to keep an eye on your emotions, and give your body and mind time to adjust to the birth control.

5. Birth Control: No Sex

Decreased Libido

Women may quickly notice that they have little desire or interest for their partner when first on the pill. This can be directly related to your mood changes, but this shouldn't persist for more than a few months.

6. Birth Control: Depression


In more extreme cases, women can experience deep bouts of depression that far exceed mood swings. In this case, it may be necessary to consult with your doctor to change your prescription or discuss other forms of contraception.