Common Myths about Birth Control that have been Fooling you into Not Using Them

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 24, 2014

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Discover some of the most common myths that are associated with birth control.
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    Common Birth Control Myths

    As long as the humanity is capable of expanding from one to two, birth control will always be at the forefront of the society. And, so will the myths associated with it. With the need and growth of more birth control methods, there is little limitation to the many myths that are associated with them. Read on and debunk some of these myths.

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    Being on pill for a long time makes it harder to get Pregnant

    For most couples, getting pregnant after taking the pill for a long time may seem like a hard nut to crack, but it isn’t so. On the contrary, it is possible to get pregnant as soon as the birth control is stopped. And this is true for all the methods of hormonal contraceptives except Depo-Provera shot. In the case of this shot, it will take up to 6-9 months for all the hormones present in the shot to leave the body for the fertility to be finally restored. The truth is the birth control methods will not ruin your fertility for the long-term, but go on a vacation temporarily.

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    The birth control pill must be taken at the same time everyday

    It is justified for a lot of people to believe that taking medications at the same time allows for the drug to prove its efficacy, but this is an absolute myth, especially when the birth control pill is in question. This myth is however, only true if you are on the mini-pill or the progestin-only birth control pill. Progestin-only pills are not as commonly taken by women as much as the regular birth control pill, which is a combination of estrogen and progestin.

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    The birth control pill makes one put on weight

    Whether the birth control pill will make you put on weight or not depends completely on your prescription. Researchers at the Cochran Database System Review, in the year 2011, analysed over 49 studies that compared different birth control methods using placebos. These studies found no evidence to support that birth control pills caused weight gain. If you are really concerned about putting on weight because of the birth control pill, speak to your doctor about a birth control option that is the best for you.

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    Newer forms of birth control are not safe

    The myth that newer forms of birth control methods have more hormones and more health risks has been doing the rounds lately. The truth is that the newer the birth control method is, the fewer hormones it will have. Certain studies have shown a higher risk of blood clots in women who took the newer forms of birth control, however, the risk of blood clot is much lower than it is during pregnancy.

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    It is not safe to use birth control to skip periods

    It may seem like a sin to go against the nature’s rules to manipulate your monthly cycles by taking pills for two months back to back, but it is safe. If you are healthy enough to be on birth control pills i.e. if you are not over 35, a smoker or have high blood pressure that is uncontrolled, it is completely safe for you to play with your menstrual cycles. However, you may have to experience breakthrough bleeding that is highly likely to start especially if you have just started taking birth control pills.

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    Do not get an IUD unless you have had children already

    The reason why this myth is so popular among women of childbearing age is because there are certain types of IUD that are recommended for women who already have children. This is because those women who have given birth already have a slightly larger uterus and cervix. If you are looking for an extremely effective form of birth control to prevent pregnancy, talk to your gynecologist.

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    Using condom reduces sexual pleasure

    According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, both men as well as women enjoy having sex with condoms as much as they do without it. If you are looking for birth control method that doesn’t have anything to do with hormones, you must not stop using condoms just because you have heard that they diminish pleasure.

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    You do not need a birth control method if you are breastfeeding

    This can be said to be one of the biggest reasons why unplanned pregnancies happen soon after another pregnancy. Even though it is true that women become less fertile when they are breastfeeding, they are not 100 percent safe from becoming pregnant again. The temporary infertility happens because exclusive breastfeeding suppresses the hormones from the pituitary gland from allowing the woman to ovulate.

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