Contraception refers to the procedure to prevent impregnation (pregnancy) or conception. This is done by using various drugs, devices, surgical procedures or sexual practices. The main aim is to help women plan if and when they want to have a baby. Here we debunk some of the most common myths related to contraception.
Myth #1: The pill can increase my weight
Fact- There’s no proof that birth control can result in weight gain.
Myth #2: Birth control pills are not necessary when you are breastfeeding.
Fact- Although you are not in your most fertile form at that time, chances are still there.
Myth #3: Pill must be taken at the same time every day.
Fact- There are two types of pills- a) mini pills or progestin-only birth control pill
b) regular pills that are a combination of progestin and estrogen. The fact that it must be taken at the same time every day only applies to mini pills.
Myth #4: Taking the pill for a long duration can make it hard to conceive later.
Fact- Except Depo-Provera shots that might take 6-9 months to completely leave your body, it’s possible to get pregnant as soon as you stop taking birth control pills.
Myth #5: The older brands were a lot safer than the newer forms of birth control.
Facts- Newer forms of birth control have fewer hormones. The risk of developing blood clots, however, is slightly high.
Myth #6: IUD shouldn’t be considered as an option of contraception if you don’t have children yet.
Reality: Irrespective of whether you had kids or not, IUD is considered to be one of the best options for those looking for super-effective pregnancy prevention. A gynae must be consulted for the same.
Myth #7: Using birth control to delay your periods is an unhealthy practice.
Fact- You must be a good candidate for birth control to fiddle around with your cycle. This means that you must be healthy, must not have high blood pressure issues, must not smoke and not be over 35 years of age.
Myth #8: Use of condom can diminish his pleasure.
Reality: Using condoms can never ruin your sex life. In fact, the pleasure experienced with or without it remains the same for both men and women.
Myth #9: Birth control of all forms is now free of cost.
Reality- Although not all drugs are absolutely free of cost, the government is trying to make it affordable at least.
Myth #10: You need to take a break from birth control.
Reality: Unless you are planning to have a baby, there’s no reason for you to take a break from contraceptives. You can continue taking it for as long as you want. The only exception to this is Depo-Provera, the birth control shot. Women are advised to take it continuously only for two years since it’s believed to result in a bone mineral loss.
Tips for Using Contraceptives
Set up an alarm for taking a pill each day.
Go for reversible and long-acting methods whenever possible.
Till When Can You Take Contraceptives
Hormonal pills can safely be taken until 35 years of age. You ought not be obese, smoker, hypertensive or have prolonged diabetes, however. Injectables, IUCD, and permanent sterilization are the best options after that.
You have a risk of blood clots with newer combined forms of hormonal contraceptives (Thromboembolism). If there’s a personal or family history of blood clots, hormonal contraceptives must be avoided altogether. It must also be avoided by those having high BP, heart disease, diabetes for long time or liver tumor. Minimal weight gain and loss of bone loss are expected with injectables.