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Addressing Common Misconceptions about Contraception

Unintended pregnancies often lead to medical or surgical abortions. These also may cause drastic lifestyle changes. To avoid such unwanted situations, it is better to choose birth control methods. There are several contraceptive options that are not only effective in preventing pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but also safe.

However, couples often become confused and fail to make informed decisions regarding pregnancy due to some common contraception myths.

Now, continue reading this blog to find out facts, myths, and misconceptions about family planning methods.

1. Birth Control and Weight Gain Are Linked

While a few women worry about hormonal contraceptives’ influence on weight gain, recent studies have failed to find any clear connection between hormonal contraception and weight gain. According to doctors, an unhealthy diet and a poor lifestyle contribute greatly to weight gain problems. With a proper diet management plan and yoga, it is always possible to maintain a healthy weight.  

2. Birth Control Affects Fertility

Birth control other than permanent sterilization doesn’t negatively impact women's natural fertility. No matter which option you choose (hormonal contraceptive, condom, IUD, implant, etc.) and how long you use it, it has nothing to do with infertility and delayed fertility. Using contraceptives, like condoms, is a great way to create a barrier between the egg and sperm. 

Once you are ready to have a kid just stop using such methods. In a few days or months, your body is likely to resume its natural reproductive functions. You can also opt for a fertility care plan by Newmi Care.

3. All Contraceptives Can Prevent STIs

No, it’s surely one of the biggest myths of birth control. Not all methods, like pills, IUDs, implants, etc. can prevent STIs – Chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Because all these methods cannot prevent sexual contact and therefore not prevent STIs. Go for STI tests after unprotected and unplanned sexual intercourse to ensure safety.

Unlike other birth control methods, condoms play a vital role in STI prevention by creating a barrier between the penis and vagina. Both male and female condoms ensure safe sex while being used properly.

4. Withdrawal Prevents Pregnancy

Withdrawal that involves pulling out the penis of the vagina before ejaculation can never be an effective contraception method. Firstly, the sperm may enter the vagina unless it’s properly done. Also, the male partner’s pre-ejaculation fluid can contain sperm. Secondly, it does not prevent STI risk in women. To ensure complete protection, make a smart decision and use a condom.

5. Older Women Hardly Need Contraceptives 

Among the common misconceptions about contraception, this one surely deserves our attention. Women aged 40 and above often ignore birth control usage. Because they don’t think they can get naturally pregnant after 40. But, according to gynaecologists, older women with irregular menstrual cycles can also conceive. They should continue using condoms or other contraceptives to avoid unplanned pregnancy and abortion.

6. Birth Control Causes Low Sex Drive

So, here are two common birth control myths and facts – it always causes low libido and reduced sexual pleasure. It is true that some studies actually showed the link between oral contraceptive pills and low libido. But these cases are very rare. Also, it’s not applicable to condoms. With good quality female or male condoms, you will never experience reduced sexual pleasure and less sexual desire.

7. Oral Contraceptives Always Cause Cancer

It’s true that some studies showed the link between oral contraceptive pills and cancerbreast cancer and cervical cancer. However, with other methods, like condoms, you can avoid cancer risk. It’s better to consult a gynaecologist and discuss common contraception myths and facts. Only doctors can help you choose the right contraceptive option.

FAQs on Contraceptive Myths:

Is The Pill or Condoms Safer?

Hormonal contraceptives, like pills, work more effectively than condoms when it comes to pregnancy prevention. But, remember, unlike condoms, pills cannot guarantee STI prevention. So, to ensure protected, safe, and pleasurable intimacy, go for condom usage.

Is Contraception Morally Right?

Well, it depends on a person’s individual perception. However, there are several good reasons behind birth control practice - no unplanned or unintended pregnancy, no abortion, healthy family planning, no STI, etc.  

“Knowledge is power”. Hence, we think you should know the myths and facts about contraception to make an informed decision. For further queries, reach out to professional healthcare experts with years of experience.

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