While millions of women use birth control for just that, more than 1.5 million women (that’s 14% of pill users) are using it solely for another heath reason.
Many women using the pills for birth control also rely on the pills for other purposes, mainly menstrual cramps/pain, menstrual regulation, and acne. Some pill users are either not currently sexually active or have never had sex.
So you can see there are lots of health benefits to birth control pills!
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives. Practice Bulletin No. 110. Obstet Gynecol 2010.
- Jones RK. Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills. New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.