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Myths and facts about contraception

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Contraception also connoted as birth control is a means to protect a woman from getting pregnant. This way couples can ensure planned-parenthood and can be away with unwanted pregnancy. There are several methods of birth control for both men and women which could be permanent or temporary in nature. And so the myths and misconceptions surrounding contraception are huge mainly due to lack of proper knowledge.

We have debunked some of the common myths so that you get a fair idea about contraception.


Myth# I need birth contraception only during my fertile day

Fact # If you are not aware of the rhythm method or the calendar method properly then you are very likely to conceive a baby without using contraception. Your most fertile days are certainly 2-3 days after your menstrual period but that doesn’t entail that the rest days are safe to indulge in unprotected sex. Therefore, you need to continue taking the pill or use condoms or any other effective contraceptive means throughout to stay away from unplanned parenthood.


Myth # I do not need contraception when breastfeeding

Fact # This is a very common myth and is completely untrue. Your ovulation is delayed and your fertility levels are a bit low during this time, but that doesn’t support the fact that you are pregnancy proof. Therefore, check with your doctor regarding the best suited contraceptive method for your while you are breastfeeding. Make sure you use contraception to avoid another pregnancy.

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Myth# Taking oral contraceptive pills for a long time can cause complications in pregnancy later

Fact# Quite fortunately this statement is untrue. Most OTC birth control pills are safe and do not induce complications in pregnancy. You will be able to get pregnant immediately after stopping the course. However, for some drugs like Depo-Provera shot, you need to wait for a certain time to get back your normal fertility. The same applies to IUD devices. The bottom line contraceptives do not cause trouble in getting pregnant. 



Myth# Regular use of contraceptive pills can cause cancer

Fact# This is a total myth. In fact on the contrary hormonal birth control measures reduce risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.


Myth# Birth control pills start working immediately after taking it

Fact# This statement is partially true. Hormonal contraceptive pills might take a month to become completely active because they need to match up to the natural hormones of a woman. Thus the initiation time of their effectiveness may differ from one woman to another. So your doctor would advise additional protection with condoms during the first month precisely.


Myth# IUD devices cause pain and discomfort while having sex

Fact# If your doctor has inserted it properly and you have followed the precautions properly then there’s no need to worry about pain.


Myth# IUDs and hormonal pills offer protection against STDs

Fact# Wish this was true. The fact is you are never protected from acquiring STDs with pills, IUDs and rings; they only prevent pregnancy. But the good news is – condoms do offer protection against STDs and you can safely use them.


Myth# Fertility can be restored after tubal ligation and vasectomy

Fact#  Quite sadly no. Once you undergo tubal ligation or tubectomy (for females) or vasectomy (for males), you are no more fertile. These are permanent contraception measures and you need to consult mutually and discuss with your doctor before undergoing the surgery.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 17, 2014

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