Emergency contraceptive pills, IUDs, condoms, and many more… there are a number of birth control options but, more than the options, there are the myths associated with it. Whether it’s from a dramatic anecdote on the internet, or from one of your friend or something from your roommate’s sister that a nurse told her once, myths and controversies abound.
Do birth control pills work same as abortion pills? Should IUDs not be used as they cause infection? We have busted 11 most common myths about preventing pregnancy that you should stop believing right now. Check them out:
- Birth Control Pills Affect Future Fertility
One of the most common beliefs about the birth control pills is that ‘they affect fertility’, but, actually, they don’t. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) claims that there has been no evidence found till now that marks the negative effect of contraceptive pills on one’s fertility. No matter how long you have been taking them, your fertility will get back to normal as soon as you stop taking them.
- Contraceptive Pills Make You Gain Weight
Contraceptive Pills could be associated with weight gain in early times when they used to contain higher levels of hormones, but today it’s only 20–50 micrograms, which is quite less as compared to 100–175 micrograms of oestrogen in the past days. Statistics show that only 20-25% women gain more than 2 kg while 60% of women experience no weight change and 15-20% of women experience weight loss. However, these weight changes stop as soon as you stop taking the pills.
- IUDs Cause Infection
While IUDs have raised a lot in popularity over the past few years, some women still fear to have them, as they think IUDs to be a source of infection. Though chances of pelvic infection are quite high in initial days and it requires sheer care as well as attention in the first 2-3 weeks of IUD insertion. However, the risk of having an infection after 2-3 weeks is quite low.
- Emergency Contraceptive Pills and Abortion Pills Are Same
‘Emergency contraceptive pills and abortion pills are basically the same’ – another myth about pregnancy prevention that should be stopped believing. ECP or emergency contraceptive pills do not kill the foetus; instead, they work by delaying ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). Since ECPs do not interrupt pregnancy after the process of fertilization and implantation, they can’t be considered as abortion pills.
- You Need A Prescription to Get Morning After Pill
Though it was true for a long period of time, that women required a prescription to buy morning after pill, from last seven years it has been made available to women of all age groups without any prescription.
- You Don’t Require Pregnancy Prevention Ways If You Track Your Monthly Cycle
Although birth control measures have been around us for years, there is still some population which believes that monitoring monthly cycle helps in the prevention of pregnancy. No matter how many smart apps are there to track your monthly cycle to deal with unwanted pregnancy, the effectiveness of the method is still questionable.
- You Can’t Get Pregnant While You Are on Your Period
In general, women are least fertile during the period of menstruation, yet you can’t say that chances are nil. Experts say that sperms last for 72 hours in the female body, so women who enter in menstruation cycle every 21 days which lasts for next 7 days, they can conceive on day 5th, 6th or 7th day and for those who have a shorter interval between periods, can ovulate on day 7th or 8th day.
- You Can’t Get Pregnant If Your Partner Pulls Out Before Ejaculation
Despite how many times you have tried it and you got lucky, please don’t consider ‘pulling out’ as a reliable way to prevent pregnancy. The liquid that comes out of the penis before ejaculation, termed as ‘pre-sperm’ may have active and viable sperm that can make you pregnant. Studies show that 1 out of every 5 women using this method of birth control fails every year.
- Breastfeeding Prevents Pregnancy
While it is a fact that breastfeeding increases the prolactin production in the body which in turn inhibits ovulation hormones, it is also true that you can’t use it as a reliable form of birth contraception method. Even if you have just given birth to a baby and have not got your periods yet, there are great chances that you may be pregnant.
- It’s Impossible To Get Pregnant During the First Week of Taking Birth Control
While manufacturers say that the effect of contraceptive pills lasts for at least 5 days after taking it, you can’t totally rely on the fact. Doctors recommend the use of condoms to be on the safer side.
No matter how beautiful it is, pregnancy is a pretty serious and intense process that can come up with several complications, both physical and mental. So, be careful when you plan one. Make things happen wisely!