Some of these side effects of using birth control, Everyone’s body is unique and a method that doesn’t work for one person might be perfect for another. Don’t believe us? Check out all the different experiences people have with birth control. Besides, one person’s plus maybe another person’s minus. Take periods, for example, Some people love not having a period, others find it unsettling. The bottom line? The only way to find out how a method will work with your body and lifestyle is to talk to your health care provider and try different options till you find the perfect match.
Every method is different and everybody is different, and lots of people don’t experience any side effects from birth control. For those who do, these are some of the most common: Spotting, or bleeding between periods, is pretty common when you start using the shot, the implant, the hormonal IUD, or the mini-pill. There’s a good chance it’ll stop after a few months and your period might even go away altogether. Here’s a little more information about why spotting happens and what you can do about it.
Headache, nausea, sore breasts, change in sex drive. These effects are possible with most of the hormonal methods, though lots of people don’t experience any of them. Some birth control users also connect weight gain or depression with their birth control. Research with thousands of women has shown that some gain weight, some stay the same weight, and some lose weight when using hormonal birth control. (There is one exception: Research has found a connection between weight gain and using the shot.) Same for depression: based on studies of lots of women using hormonal birth control, some get depressed and some women come out of depression.