7 Long-Term Side Effects Of Birth Control That Can Show Up As You Get Older

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Birth control has so many wonderful benefits. It can prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce cramping, and even help with acne. While these short-term side effects are pretty great, you might be interested to learn that there are also a number of long-term side effects of taking hormonal birth control. The news isn't all bad, so you don't have to worry too much the next time you pop your pill out of its pack. Some of the pill's long-term benefits are nothing to sneeze at. But having an idea of the ways that the contraception could affect your body after you've been taking it for a period of time could help you better understand what's happening.

If you're concerned about any of the potential negative effects of taking birth control, it's a great idea to explore different types. With so many alternative contraceptive options — from the IUD to the vaginal ring to the patch — it's definitely worth scheduling an appointment with your OB/GYN to talk about methods that might not lead to these same effects if you're worried about how the hormones could affect you down the road. There's no one perfect method of birth control, but the more you explore different options with your doctor, the better you'll be able to decide which pros and cons make the most sense for your goals and lifestyle.

Here are seven unexpected long-term side effects of birth control, according to experts.