What does birth control do?

By Miley Foster
Updated 2024-04-07 08:49:27 | Published 2018-12-29 18:08:26
  • Blog
    • Add to favorites
    • Join our community in exploring insightful stories, tips, and experiences that inspire and inform. The iMedix Blog is your go-to destination for connecting with others and enriching your health knowledge.

    • Questions:
What does birth control do?

The Modern Woman and Reproductive Freedom

The modern world is characterized by a large-scale movement towards individual freedom, including the attainment of reproductive freedom for women. This means that women have the right to control their own bodies, live the sexual lives they prefer, and decide whether or not to conceive or end an unwanted pregnancy. Hormonal contraceptives have been instrumental in enabling women to take control of their reproductive health.

How Hormonal Contraceptives Work

All hormonal contraceptives operate on the same principle: they suppress ovulation and/or prevent the ovum from attaching to the surface of the uterine mucosa. This is achieved by introducing a small amount of synthetic sex hormones into the body. By suppressing ovulation, the ovaries are essentially put into a controlled “sleep,” reducing their size and preventing the follicles from releasing the ovum.

Therapeutic Benefits of Hormonal Contraceptives

Hormonal contraceptives not only provide contraceptive benefits but also have therapeutic effects. They help stabilize the endocrine profile of the female body, which can alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Additionally, combined estrogen-progestin contraceptives can correct hyperandrogenism, an excess of male hormones in a woman's body, which can lead to a range of serious conditions such as cycle violations, infertility, heavy menstruation or absence, obesity, and psycho-emotional problems.

Hormonal Contraceptives and Modern Life

The lifestyle of a modern woman often does not include permanent pregnancy, but it does require her to bear a significant social burden. Since the advent of contraception, the number of women's monthly cycles has increased significantly over the course of their lives. Monthly hormonal adjustments can be associated with premenstrual syndrome symptoms, dysphoric disorder, and can drain a woman's energy resources. Hormonal contraceptives can help women conserve these resources and allocate them towards other constructive activities.


Hormonal contraceptives have revolutionized women's reproductive health, providing not only contraceptive benefits but also therapeutic effects. They have enabled women to take control of their bodies and live the lives they choose. As we continue to strive for individual freedom and reproductive rights, hormonal contraceptives will undoubtedly remain an essential tool for women's health and well-being.

Miley Foster is verified user for iMedix

  • Birth Control
    • Add to favorites
    • There are a lot of birth control measures aimed to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It ought to be mentioned that wrong contraceptive can result in harm to the woman’s health.

    • Questions:
  • Women’s Health
    • Add to favorites
    • The process of women’s health protection includes a wide range of measures, the implementation of which starts long before a girl enters into the reproductive period of life. These measures also include activities aimed at creating optimal conditions for the education and training of girls and adolescent girls.

    • Questions: