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Contraceptive Therapy Specialist

Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Huntington Beach, CA & Newport Beach, CA

Are you struggling with irregular periods, heavy cramping, problem skin, or a hormonal disease? If so, contraceptive therapy with OB/GYNs Anne K. Narayan, MD, and Jeffrey Illeck, MD, and the team at Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group, with locations in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, may be the answer for you. Contraceptive therapy uses oral contraceptives, such as “the pill,” to regulate hormones and reduce or eliminate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. You don’t have to live in pain or shame anymore. Learn about contraceptive therapy by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Contraceptive Therapy Q & A

What is contraceptive therapy?

Contraceptive therapy is the use of contraceptives, or birth control, to treat medical conditions. 

Examples of such conditions include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cramps and PMS
  • Acne
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
  • Heavy periods
  • Amenorrhea (lack of periods)

In addition, contraceptive therapy with birth control pills lowers your risk for endometrial cancer, ovarian cysts, and ovarian cancer.

How does contraceptive therapy work?

When you take a birth control pill, it releases synthetic versions of the hormones estrogen and progestin, or progestin alone, into your bloodstream. 

They work by changing the hormone levels in your body and preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg. Progestin also thickens the mucus around your cervix and makes it sticky. 

Hormonal changes help calm down imbalances that cause health problems. For example, when you take it for PCOS, a hormonal imbalance that causes irregular periods, acne, and excessive hair growth, contraceptive therapy lowers your hormone levels so that symptoms stop.

Likewise, contraceptive therapy can help with period cramps and PMS by stopping ovulation and lightening periods.

If you have a condition like amenorrhea caused by low weight, excessive exercise, or stress, contraceptive therapy may not be right for you. Instead, you need to invest in gaining weight and attending counseling to get to the bottom of your struggles.

Does contraceptive therapy have any side effects?

Sometimes, contraceptive therapy can create side effects including:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Spotting or irregular periods
  • Sore breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Breakouts 

Even though some people use birth control to control acne, as you adjust to the hormones, you may develop new acne.

If you experience any of these side effects, you typically notice that they disappear after three or four months of taking oral contraceptives. 

If after three or four months, you’re still bothered by side effects, notify your doctor, and they can change your dosage or prescribe you a different oral contraceptive.

Are you suffering from a hormonal imbalance leading to pain, abnormal periods, or embarrassing amounts of hair growth or acne? Reset your system with contraceptive therapy. To find out if it’s right for you, reach out to Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group online or over the phone today.