Common Myths About Contraception

Out of all available options, birth control pills remain the most preferred option worldwide. Accidents do happen and you find yourself in the need for an emergency contraception. This is where morning-after pill comes to rescue.

If you love to have sex but you don't want to get pregnant, contraceptives could be your best friends. Apart from the fact that they prevent pregnancy, some surgical operations that are life savers are also contraceptive in nature. A good example is hysterectomy in which the uterus is surgically removed. Contraceptives are the various deliberate means of avoiding pregnancy.

Oral contraceptives or birth control pills were not designed to fight sexually transmitted diseases. Preventing conception is completely different from defending against viral, bacterial or parasitic invasion. Anyone who relied solely on oral contraception for combating STDs is highly encouraged to undergo a clinical or STD home test. Condoms have a higher chance of minimizing STD-related risks compared to birth control pills.

Plan B contraceptive pill is undoubtedly a very useful form of emergency protection but it is just that and should never be used casually. If you have had more than a few episodes of requiring taking this pill then you have to look at better methods of birth control. 

Another myth about taking contraceptive pills and weight gain is water retention. Retaining too much water on the body can make someone feel bloated or heavier. Some rumors say that if you are taking the pill your body will hold more water. Still, all of these are just gossips and no scientific studies have proven any of these.

A contraceptive patch can be used easily, and a woman usually applies the patch onto her upper arm, buttocks, abdomen or thigh on the first day of her menstrual cycle. Women in the US and Canada are using this new mode of contraception quite rapidly, as it not only offers the high effectiveness of contraceptive pills but is more convenient to use.