Are you thinking about taking birth control but are worried about some of the “myths” you've heard about it? Or maybe you've been on the pill for years, are ready for a baby and are worried it’s messed up your hormones? Well, it’s time to debunk 10 of the biggest birth control myths!
Birth control makes you gain weight: It’s true that birth control can make you retain a little water but it’s been debunked that you gain weight because of the pill. Although, birth control shots can actually make you gain a little extra weight.
The pill doesn’t need to be taken at the same time: Although it’s good to stay on a strict schedule with your estrogen and progesterone birth control but if you’re a few hours late, you won’t be at risk for pregnancy.
The longer you take it, the harder it is to pregnant: Birth control pills do not harm your chance of getting pregnant. In face, many women who stop the pill can actually get pregnant as soon as they’re off. It may take some time to get a natural period after you stop but it doesn't harm your chances of conceiving.
Your body needs a break: You can take birth control for 6 months or for 10 years. Your body will be able to transition into using birth control and when you come off.
You can’t get pregnant on the pill: Many women have actually gotten pregnant while using the pill, especially if they aren't strict enough on taking it or have missed a few pills.
Birth control can harm a fetus: If you do get pregnant on the pill and don't realize it, there has been no evidence to prove that it can harm an unborn fetus. Many women have gotten pregnant and continue to take the pill.
Birth control protects you from STDs: Birth control prevents pregnancy, not STDs so you should still use a condom.
Birth control causes cancer: Actually, birth control can decrease your risk of certain cancers such as ovarian or endometrial cancers.
Birth control causes abortions: Birth control works by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus and blocks sperm. It does not work by aborting a fetus if you get pregnant. If you get pregnant on the pill, the baby will not be aborted.
You don’t need birth control if you are breastfeeding: If you’re breastfeeding, you can still get pregnant even though it can affect ovulation. Talk to your doctor about appropriate and safe methods for birth control if you are breastfeeding.