There are several misleading and inaccurate beliefs that surround the efficiency and safety of contraceptives. These myths create pointless fear and can even lead to severe consequences, such as unwanted pregnancy or long-term hormonal problems.
With all these myths, there’s a need for better sex education on all fronts. However, not all institutions have available resources, and these programs may not be accessible for everyone. Getting to the bottom of some birth control myths can be difficult.
This article is a great start. Read on for a thorough debunking of five of the most common birth control myths.
Myth #1: Just Put On a Condom Right before Ejaculation
Condoms are a fantastic form of birth control if used correctly. However, some men would only put on a condom right before they finish, mistakenly thinking that this would be enough to prevent pregnancy. This doesn’t take into account pre-ejaculatory fluid that may contain sperm.
For this reason, men must wear a condom throughout the sexual encounter. After all, a condom is not just for preventing pregnancy. It will also keep both parties safe from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Myth #2: Using Birth Control Keeps You Safe from Sexually Transmitted Infections
Not all forms of birth control can protect you against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The only kinds that do so are male and female condoms. These condoms serve as physical barriers because they cut down on skin-to-skin contact and prevent the exchange of sexual fluids.
Other types of birth control such as hormone pills and implants will not prevent STDs and STIs. You still need physical barriers and regular screening panels.
Myth #3: You Will Gain Weight when Using Birth Control Pills.
Medication side effects vary widely from person to person. There’s no telling how your body will react to birth control pills, but research has shown no scientific evidence linking birth control pills with weight gain.
If you are concerned about gaining weight while using birth control, you may read relevant articles on credible and free healthcare news. Also, you may try consulting a healthcare provider to discuss your birth control plan.
Myth #4: Vasectomies are 100% Effective
Just because your partner has a vasectomy doesn’t mean there is no chance of getting pregnant. While failed vasectomies are rare, they are not impossible.
For instance, when a male has sex without contraception soon after a vasectomy, some sperm cells may remain in the semen. This may then lead to pregnancy when the sperm fertilizes an egg.
Myth #5: Your Body Requires a Break from Hormonal Birth Control
Taking a break from contraceptives depends on your preference. If you want to go off your birth control to observe changes in your body, you may do so anytime you want. And if you’re going to use contraceptives daily, that’s also fine. There’s no scientific proof that says you need to take a break from using birth control.
The value of sex education remains strong today. Indeed, the myths and false beliefs surrounding birth control and its effects can hinder people from seeing how it can benefit their health. May this information help you understand yourself better and inspire you to look for better options for your sexual health.
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