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Taking Birth Control Pills can Affect Mineral and Vitamin Absorption

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 6/19/2009

Taking birth control pills can alter the body’s mineral and vitamin absorption. When nutrients become depleted, many health risks increase. Birth control pills may require the need to increase the amounts of certain vital nutrients.

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    Decreased Nutrient Absorption

    Some oral contraceptives can alter the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients. This can cause the body to require a larger intake of the nutrients in order to remain functioning properly. If nutrient levels in the body become too low, health complications can begin to occur.

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    B-Vitamins

    Taking birth control can affect the body’s ability to absorb certain B-vitamins. This can cause serious side effects in people suffering from depression. B-vitamins are needed in the body to regulate blood glucose levels. The nervous system needs B-vitamins to function properly. B-vitamins can be found in a wide variety of foods.

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    Vitamin C

    Birth control pills lower the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C. This can cause complications with the body’s ability to metabolize properly. If vitamin C levels remain low for a prolonged period of time, the risk of cervical dysphasia increases. Vitamin C is vital for the body’s ability to maintain itself. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, berries, and tomatoes.

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    Folic Acid

    Folic acid is almost depleted from the body when birth control pills are taken. This greatly increases the risk for cervical dysphasia, stroke, vascular thrombosis, and megaloblastic anemia. Folic acid is needed in the body to aid in the formation of red blood cells. Extra folic acid can be received through over the counter supplements.

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    Selenium

    The absorption of selenium is decreased when birth control pills are taken. Selenium is a vital nutrient used in the body to prevent cancer. Selenium is needed to add elasticity to tissue and protect the body against free radicals. Nuts, fish, and wheat flour are good sources of selenium.

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    Increased Nutrient Absorption

    Taking birth control can not only lower the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients but can increase the absorption of nutrients as well. Increased mineral and vitamin absorption can cause serious health complications if the levels are not returned to normal.

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    Copper

    Copper levels are often increased when taking birth control. Increased copper levels often result in decreased zinc levels. This can create serious cardiovascular complications. Lack of copper in the body can cause skeletal defects, damage to the nervous system, and decreased immune system.

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    Iron

    Birth control pills increase the body’s ability to store iron. Iron levels should be monitored frequently when taking birth control pills. Iron is needed in the body to make red blood cells.

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    Calcium

    Calcium absorption is increased from birth control use. Calcium is used in the body to maintain healthy bones. Calcium is also needed in the body in order to transmit nerve signals effectively. The heart and muscles need calcium to work properly. Calcium is the most abundant mineral needed in the body.