Many myths surround women’s health, and birth control is one area where you may hear things that are simply not true.
Let’s address some prevalent birth control misconceptions.
Contraceptive pills causes cancer
The contraceptive pill does not cause cancer. In fact, it may reduce the risk of some malignancies. Birth control tablets that include both estrogen and progesterone can reduce your risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer. And the longer you take them, the less danger you have. Contraceptive tablets may reduce your chance of acquiring colon cancer.
You might wish to consider an alternative form of birth control if you’re over 40 and have a greater risk of breast cancer due to a family history of the disease or other circumstances. To assist you determine the best course of action for you, it is helpful to let your doctor know about your heightened risk.
Contraceptive prevents STIs
The risk of getting a STI can be decreased with the aid of barrier techniques like condoms, although they are not 100% effective. The herpes virus, for example, can live on vaginal areas that are not protected by a condom. STI prevention is not possible with any other type of birth control.
Birth control causes weight gain
There is no proof that birth control pills induce weight gain, according to researchers. Taking the pill or other hormonal birth control before your menstruation may cause fluid retention. This might cause weight gain, but it should subside after your menstruation is done. Though it is uncommon, some people might gain weight while taking the pill.
Using birth control affects your natural fertility
Birth control, with the exception of irreversible sterilization techniques, will not impair your fertility. With most hormonal birth control methods, you simply quit using your preferred technique and start working on attempting to conceive. Your body soon returns to its natural reproductive processes, and most people may conceive even after years of using birth control.
The birth control pill works instantaneously
You should be protected if you start taking the birth control pill no later than five days after your menstruation starts. Starting the pill at any other time in your cycle means you’ll have to wait at least a week before feeling safe against an unwanted pregnancy. You can still participate in sexual behavior during this time. All you’ll need to do is employ a backup method of birth control, like the barrier technique.
The implant is visible to everyone
The implant is a discreet technique of birth control. You shouldn’t be able to see the implant under your skin until the bruising from the insertion has subsided. Unless you tell them, no one will know it’s there. However, if you push on your arm where the implant was implanted, you will be able to feel it.
Older women can stop taking birth control.
The menopausal process might last several years. Although your chances of having a child decrease beyond the age of 40, it is still possible to become pregnant. In most circumstances, you’ll need to use birth control for at least a year after you’ve stopped menstruating.