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i want to go on birth control pills, but not because i want to become sexually active, but because of the other advantages like having shorter periods. will my doctor still prescribe them to me?

Yes. Many health care providers prescribe combined-hormone birth control pills (those containing estrogen and progestin) for reasons other than pregnancy prevention.

Many women use the pill for relief from uncomfortable symptoms related to menstruation, like menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many women who take the pill have more regular, lighter, and shorter periods.

The pill also offers some relief from acne, iron deficiency anemia, and excess body hair. The pill also offers protection against ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cancers of the ovaries and of the lining of the uterus. It protects against thinning of the bones, non-cancerous growths in the breasts, and vaginal dryness and painful intercourse associated with menopause in older women.

The pill must be prescribed by a health care provider. Make an appointment with the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you to discuss your options.

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