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When it comes to health-related issues, there is no shortage of myths flying around, posing as medical facts. People often fail to distinguish between a myth and the actual truth. One of the areas surrounded by myths is birth control measures, particularly contraceptive pills. Some of these myths are passed on by well-read and experienced family members, friends and agony aunts.
These myths call into question the efficiency and safety of birth control pills, unjustly influencing your decisions regarding your family planning, fertility and overall well-being.
So, here is a list of some of the most commonly heard myths about contraceptive pills and the facts that contradict them.
Fact: It is a common belief that taking birth control pills can result in infertility or cause a long delay in conceiving. However, it is not true in the least. These pills do not harm your fertility as your body resumes its natural reproductive functions as soon as you stop taking contraceptive pills.
Fact: While it’s true that birth control barrier methods like condoms can help in reducing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), other forms of contraception, including birth control pills, are not at all useful in preventing them.
Fact: No research shows any link between contraceptive pills and weight gain.
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Fact: Many believe that taking contraceptive pills regularly can reduce their libido (interest in sex or sexual desire). However, this is not true. No studies have shown any impact of contraceptive pills on a woman’s sex drive.
Fact: Menopause can span many years. While the chances of getting pregnant after hitting the age of 40 are low, it is still possible. It’s highly recommended to consult your gynaecologist for birth control pills until after you’ve stopped menstruating for one year or more.
While the myths plaguing contraceptive pills are enough to make anyone hesitant, it is advisable to consult your doctor before making any decisions. A healthcare professional will not only be able to clear any doubts you might have but will also be able to help you avoid any unfavourable circumstances. Different contraception pills are prescribed to patients depending on their age, medical history and needs.
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