Birth control, love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Preconceptions about the pill and other forms of female contraceptives paint a very inaccurate picture of what the items do and do not do.
Here, we set the record straight by bursting the bubble on birth control myths.
Stop Believing These Birth Control Myths!
Myth #1: Birth Control Pills Do Not Make You Gain Weight
For the most part, birth control pills do not make you gain weight. Certain prescriptions, however, can, so it’s important to speak to your doctor about concerns if you do see yourself putting on pounds after taking an oral contraceptive.
Myth #2: You Don’t Need to Be on the Pill If You’re Breastfeeding
Although breastfeeding suppresses the hormones that cause you to ovulate, it’s not a foolproof birth control method. Many unplanned pregnancies occur because of this myth. If you don’t want to get pregnant again right away, make sure to stay on the pill.
Myth #3: You Have to Take the Pill at the Same Time Each Day
Although it’s a great habit to get into, taking your birth control pill at the same time every day does not make it more effective. What it does is keep you on a schedule so forgetting to take it is less likely.
Myth #4: Being on the Pill Ruins Your Chances of Getting Pregnant in the Future
This is one myth that isn’t entirely true. Although it takes time for the hormones to leave your body, you still can conceive. So, if you think that taking the pill now will prevent future pregnancies, you’re wrong and still have to take it daily for it to be effective.
Birth control myths induce fear and spread misinformation. They prevent women from getting the contraceptives that they need to prevent pregnancies. Knowing what is and isn’t true about birth control allows women to make a decision as to whether or not they want to take a pill, use a condom, or use a diaphragm while sexually active.
For more on birth control and safe condom use, check out these blogs!
- Birth Control vs STD Prevention – Part 1
- Birth Control vs STD prevention – Part 2
- Sexual Health Myths
- Condoms & STDs: Myths & Best Practices