Contraceptive Myths That Many Believed but Turned Out To Be

Since a long time, mankind has been looking for methods to prevent pregnancy. To date, there are a number of birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. However, there is also a lot of misinformation about contraceptives, unfortunately it is still widely believed.

Misconceptions about contraception can lead to confusion and unwanted pregnancies. For that, let’s understand some common myths about contraception along with the real facts.

1. You don’t need contraception if you have sex at a ‘safe’ time

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There are still many people who believe that women only experience a few days of fertile period in a month. And, if sexual activity is carried out outside the fertile period, then pregnancy is not possible.

There are four main hormones involved in the menstrual cycle:

  • Follicle stimulating hormone
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone

The balance of these hormones regulates the release of an egg or ovulation, and if the egg is not fertilized, menstruation occurs. Most of the time, women have their periods in regular cycles. However, due to several factors, such as age, stress, and medications, the balance of these hormones can be disturbed.

Therefore, determining the time of ovulation and predicting the ‘safe’ day is actually difficult. So, women can still get pregnant during sexual activity on the day that is considered ‘safe’. For couples who choose the rhythmic method of contraception, it is necessary to closely monitor the menstrual cycle and evaluate the symptoms of ovulation for the method of contraception to be successful.

2. Pulling the penis before ejaculation can prevent pregnancy

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Many men choose to retract the penis before ejaculation as a method of contraception. Unfortunately, this is not an effective method of contraception.

Some fluid containing sperm may be expelled before the male actually begins to climax. In addition, some males may not be able to pull out in time. Therefore, this method can still lead to unwanted pregnancies.

3. Parents don’t need to use contraception

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Some people think that people who are older or have irregular periods cannot get pregnant. Actually, until one actually experiences menopause and have been 12 months straight without menstruation, pregnancy is still possible.

Men experience a decline in fertility with age, but they are still fertile well into their 70s and beyond. However, the risk of congenital abnormalities and other complications increases as men age. For this reason, parents still need to use contraception if they want to prevent pregnancy.

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4. Contraceptives damage fertility

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After stopping the use of hormonal contraceptives, including the IUD, the pill, patches, and implants, it can take several months for the menstrual cycle to return to normal. However, there is no evidence that hormonal contraceptives affect fertility in the long term.

A 2011 study in the journal Contraception comparing pregnancy rates after use of different forms of hormonal contraception. Overall, pregnancy rates were similar among people who had used contraception and those who had never used it. In addition, the difficulty of fertility after the use of contraception does not mean that contraception causes infertility.

5. Oral contraceptives cause significant weight gain

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Many people worry that hormonal contraceptives cause weight gain. However, many studies show that contraception does not cause weight gain, or that the average user gains only a few pounds.

A study published in Journal of Women’s Health A 2014 study of participants with moderate weight and those who were obese found no significant changes in body weight or composition after taking oral contraceptives. This shows that people do not have to worry too much about weight gain from the contraceptive pill.

Knowing the facts and myths about contraception can help find safe birth control options. Sometimes, one has to try several methods or a combination of methods to find which one is the most comfortable and causes the fewest side effects.

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