10 Common Myths About Contraception
Whether it’s generally prepping yourself on the different kinds of contraceptives available in the market or zeroing down on the right birth-control method for yourself, thanks to common myths — misconceptions and hearsay about the various contraceptives and birth-control methods, you could be exposed to a lot of incorrect information. If you don’t want that to become detrimental in your decision-making process, why not debunk all those silly notions you’ve nurtured about contraception and learn the facts!
#I’m breastfeeding so I can’t get pregnant.
While breastfeeding tends to postpone ovulation, this is not a guarantee. Ovulation can occur even when a woman is breastfeeding. The nursing mother should use birth control if she wishes to avoid pregnancy.
#Birth control pills make you gain weight
You’ve probably read this on the internet or heard it from a friend who swears they’re the reason why she has piled up those extra kilos! But it’s false. Though the pill has been around for almost 50 years in the market, even today, most women believe that these pills are the culprit for any excessive weight gain. Birth control pills contain two synthetic female hormones — estrogen and progesterone. Though they are known to cause fluid retention, in today’s modern birth control pills, these hormones are in very small doses. So they do not make you gain weight.
#Birth Control Pills Cause Cancer
Though there may sometimes be side effects with the pill, it does not appear that pill use increases your overall risk of cancer. The most recent research suggests that the pill has little, if any, effect on the risk of developing breast cancer. However, studies have shown that using the pill may increase your risk of developing cervical cancer. Because cervical cancer can easily be detected early on and can be effectively treated, if you use the pill, it is a good idea to have regular well-women check-ups. You may also want to discuss the option of obtaining the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer.
#I won’t get pregnant if my partner pulls out before he ejaculates.
Pulling out before the man ejaculates, known as withdrawal, is not a foolproof method for contraception. Some ejaculate (fluid that contains sperm) might be released before the man actually begins to climax. In addition, some men might not have the willpower or be able to withdraw in time.
#You won’t get pregnant, if you have unprotected sex during your periods
While the chances of getting pregnant when you are menstruating are reduced significantly, it doesn’t mean that you are in a completely safe zone. If you are a fertile woman, who has reached sexual maturity, there’s always a chance you can get pregnant, if you indulge in unprotected intercourse.
#Two condoms are better than one
If you think two condoms will give you ‘double’ protection, think again. Wearing two condoms at one go, increase the chances of friction and can lead to tearing, and are hence more unsafe than wearing just one! Also, if they don’t fit right together, they might slip of. Always use one, the right way.
#Contraception isn’t necessary for women over 35
As women enter their late 30s, they may believe that their fertility has declined and might be tempted to stop using any form of contraceptive. But that’s a misconception. While after a certain age, fertility does start waning, it doesn’t decline to the extent that you don’t need to use any kind of birth-control method. As long as you have your periods, you could still conceive.
#Not having an orgasm can prevent pregnancy
If you think averting an orgasm will help you prevent a pregnancy, you’re definitely compromising on pleasure for nothing! Pregnancy occurs when a sperm from the man fertilises an egg from the woman. It is not necessary for the woman to have an orgasm to get pregnant.
#I won’t get pregnant if I take a shower or bath right after sex, or if I urinate right after sex.
Washing or urinating after sex will not stop semen and sperm that have already entered the uterus through the cervix.
#The Pill is effective immediately after you begin taking it.
In most women, one complete menstrual cycle is needed for the hormones in the Pill (oral contraceptive) to work with the woman’s natural hormones to prevent ovulation. To be effective, the Pill must be taken as directed.