5 Common Contraception Myths You Need To Know


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Contraception is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy. They do this by interfering with the normal process of ovulation, fertilization and implantation. Some common contraceptive methods include condoms, The Pill, and intrauterine devices such as the coil. While these are highly effective when used correctly, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around. Let’s take a look at some common contraception myths and facts out there.

 

#1. All birth control works the same for all women

This contraception myth is the reason why so many women get weird side effects when they use certain types of birth control. The fact is that every woman is different, and will therefore have different reactions to different types of birth control. It is advisable to consult a doctor first to know all your options before you settle on a contraception method that’s right for you.

5 Common Contraception Myths You Need To Know

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#2. You can’t get pregnant on your ‘safe’ days

This may work for someone with a regular cycle. However, having a deeper understanding of the menstrual cycle debunks this myth. The delicate balance of hormones in a woman’s body which regulate ovulation can be affected by any number of things, including age, stress and medicine. This means that it can be difficult to know your ‘safe’ days, even if you regularly monitor your cycle.

#3. Birth control is 100% effective

Contraceptives give women more control over their bodies where they get to decide when they are ready to have children.This contraception myth is not true. While some intrauterine devices and pills are more than 90% effective, no birth control method is 100% effective.

5 Common Contraception Myths You Need To Know

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#4. Hormonal contraception causes weight gain

Many women don’t use contraception because they’ve heard of this myth and don’t want to get fat. However, research has shown that The Pill and intrauterine devices don’t actually cause any weight gain.

#5. You can’t get pregnant if you’re breastfeeding

Breastfeeding only works as a birth control method if a woman is within six months of delivery, she has not had a menstrual cycle and the baby is only feed on breast milk. These three things must happen at the same time for breastfeeding to be a contraception measure. Otherwise, a woman should use other birth control methods if she wishes to avoid pregnancy.

 

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