A recent study gives us a new side effect of the birth control pill. Birth control pills have many benefits. Not only is it a very effective way to prevent pregnancy, but it also reduces a woman’s risk of anemia, menstrual cramps, ovarian cancer, fibrocystic breast pain, PMS (for some women), as well as helping regulate a woman’s cycle.
There are side effects as well, when you’re dealing with hormones. Some of them include irregular bleeding, mood swings, bloating, amenorrhea (lack of periods), blood clots, headache, and high blood pressure.
A study has shown that women using birth control pills are less able to gain lean muscle mass when doing resistance exercises then women who are not on birth control pills. The reason may be higher Cortisol levels (stress hormone) and lower androgen levels (testosterone).
There are always benefits and risks when taking any medications. This is one more piece of information that women should know before choosing an oral contraceptive.
Women who do resistance exercises and take oral contraceptives appear to gain less lean muscle than women who do the same but do not take oral contraceptives, say researchers from Texas A&M University in College Station….