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Contraception: Myths and Facts

Updated on June 10, 2014

Are you clued-up on the various types of birth control and how they work? Some forms of contraception have myths associated with them that are actually not true, while others are spot on. Here's how to separate the myths from the truth.

Myth #1: The Pill Makes You Fat

This used to be more true but today's birth control pills are more advanced. You may experience menstrual bloating from time to time but it's unlikely that you'll put on lots of weight just from taking the Pill.

Myth #2: The Pill Protects You From Day One

You're advised to use a back-up form of contraception for the first month that you are taking the Pill. This is in case you ovulated beforehand, in which case you could still become pregnant before you have finished taking the first pack.

Myth #3: It's Fine to Miss Pills

In theory, you only need to miss a single birth control pill to ovulate and potentially become pregnant. It is therefore vital to take your Pill every day - preferably at the same time each day so that there is less chance of skipping. If you are taking a Pill with a week's break at the end of each pack, you'll also need to make sure that you use another form of contraception as soon as you've finished each pack.

Myth #4: IUDs Will Lead to Infections

Many women are concerned that using IUDs will result in pelvic infections and potential for permanent damage. Back in the 1970s, this was a valid worry but modern research has shown that things have changed. IUDs no longer have lingering doubts about their repercussions and

Fact #1: Your Sex Drive Can Suffer

Many women believe that their libido will be significantly reduced or even disappear if they are taking birth control pills. This can be true if you are taking the Pill or using the Patch, especially in relation to women who are just using condoms or who are not needing to use birth control at all. Studies have shown some correlation between these forms of birth control and reduced libido, although this will not always happen.

Fact #2: Never Use Oil-Based Lube With Condoms

Not all lubrications are created equally and oil-based lubes should not be used with condoms. They can damage the rubber and dramatically decrease the effectiveness. This puts you at big risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.


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