In the last years, the birth control pill became more popular all over the world. Many teenagers started to take it because it is a very effective, cheap kind of birth control. Some of the women who take it are girls who are 14 or younger. They take it because of all the possible positive side effects. But there are many people who think that the birth control pill is not good and shouldn’t be as popular as it is right now. They say that some of the girls who take it are too young to take the birth control pill since they take hormones that mess around with the natural hormones that their bodies produce. They also say that there can be negative side effects and risks, and the young girls are too immature to understand what could happen. Some of the risks can be very dangerous. Nevertheless, the risks are rare and the negative side effects aren’t very bad, so all in all, the birth control pill is good for women to use. One of the best things about the birth control pill is that it is very cheap. The article “How do I get birth control pills?” on the website of Planned Parenthood has good information on this topic. It says that the birth control pill can cost around $50 a month. Sometimes it is more or less than that. But you usually don’t have to pay for it. Most insurances cover the costs for the birth control pill or you can apply for government programs. That’s why some of the people who don’t have a lot of money use it. If they had to pay for it, they would think that it would be better not to use any type of birth control because they would have to pay for that. So they would probably get pregnant. But if they don’t have to pay for birth control, they use it and don’t get pregnant. This can help prevent some of the pregnancies of girls under 18. According to the gynecologist Tanja Baecker, another reason why women choose to take the birth control pill is because there are many positive side effects. According to her and the website of KidsHealth/TeensHealth you can take the birth control pill if your period is very heavy. It usually makes your period lighter. If you have really bad cramps during your period, the birth control pill can reduce the cramps. If your periods are irregular, the birth control pill can help you with that too. It makes your periods regular and makes it easier for you to predict when you will get your next period. It also improves acne. That’s why people who have a problem with acne often take the birth control pill. And it can be good for your health. The birth control pill can protect against ovarian cysts, and ovarian and endometrial cancers. But the main reason why women decide to take the birth control pill is because it is very effective to avoid pregnancy. The organization Planned Parenthood supports this thesis in their article “How effective is the birth control pill” on their website. It says that the birth control pill is about 91% effective, if you take it correctly. That means that only nine out of 100 women get pregnant although they take the birth control pill correctly. And it’s not hard to take it correctly. All you have to do is to take one every day, and then you are safe all the time every day. The website womenshealth.gov informs about different types of birth control. It says that there is the possibility of a permanent sterilization surgery for men and for women. Less than one woman out of 100 gets pregnant within the first year of use. There can be bleeding and other complications from the surgery and it can hurt for a few weeks after the surgery. Another negative side effect is that you will never be able to have children again. Also, you can use the rhythm method. That means that you try to find out the days you are most fertile. That can be difficult and 24 out of 100 women get pregnant during the first year of use. But the critics are right. There are some things about the birth control pill that aren’t good. You can still get pregnant, for example. It is very rare that people get pregnant although they take the birth control pill correctly, but it can happen. And if it happens, the women don’t always know that they are pregnant because they always took the birth control pill and still take it. These women can still get their periods too, and they usually don’t gain a lot of weight or look pregnant. They don’t show any signs of pregnancy, or only a few, so most of them don’t think that they might be pregnant. They find out right before they give birth or a few weeks before. A few years ago, one of the candidates of “Germany’s Next Topmodel” had to go to the hospital because her stomach hurt really bad. A few hours after that, she gave birth. She had taken the birth control pill and that’s why she had still had her period and hadn’t gained much weight. Also, she was a little overweight, so she really didn’t look pregnant. Tanja Baecker told the story of a patient who came to her because her stomach was cramping and hurt really bad. Mrs. Baecker found out that the woman was pregnant and about to give birth. Her patient still had had her period, and since she was a little overweight, she hadn’t noticed that she had gained more weight than usual and you couldn’t see that she was pregnant. Also, there can be negative side effects and dangerous risks caused by the birth control pill. The website of the online information service MedlinePlus says: “The risk of blood clots, high blood pressure, a stroke, or a heart attack is higher for women who take the birth control pill.” Extra bleeding, mood changes, and worsening of migraines are examples for possible negative side effects too. Another example of the possible negative side effects is that you gain weight easily and that’s why some people don’t want to take the birth control pill. And some people don’t take it because of the risks. The risk of blood clots, high blood pressure, a stroke, or a heart attack is higher for women who take the birth control pill, according to MedlinePlus. Tanja Baecker supported this and added: “In the first four months, the risk of thrombosis is significantly higher than for women who don’t take the birth control pill or have taken it for several months. The risk is even higher for people who fly or travel a lot in these four months. And if a thrombosis is not treated, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which can lead to death.” The birth control pill is good for women to use. It has both negative and positive side effects, and it includes a few risks like a higher risk of a heart attack or a thrombosis that causes a pulmonary embolism. But it is very rare that that actually happens, and there are more positive side effects like making your period lighter, reducing cramps, making your periods regular, or improving acne. Also, it is cheap or free since most insurances cover the costs. And if you don’t have insurance and not enough money, you can apply for government programs that pay for it. The birth control pill is easy to take, and one of the most effective types of birth control. And if you want to get pregnant, you can just stop taking it and get pregnant immediately what is not possible with one of the more effective methods like sterilization.