Myths about Contraceptive Pills

Common myths and misconceptions about contraceptive pills


MAR 17

Oral contraceptives are hormone-based pills that have either progesterone and estrogen or progesterone. These prevent unwanted pregnancy in sexually active women.


Oral Contraceptive pills are about 92-99% effective and reliable for women with active sexual drive and certainly not pregnant. Though commonly used, there are many myths around their regular use.


Many people seem to believe regular use of birth control pills may negatively effect fertility.


Some think birth control pills are the cause for cancer in ovaries, uterus and breasts. They actually reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.


Most think contraception is only used to avoid pregnancy. They are prescribed for teen girls to regulate menstrual cycles or to manage PCOS.


Another belief is that for the pills to be effective, they need to be taken at the same time every day.  A 3-hour window is effective enough.


Many think as long as the women is taking a birth control pill, there is no need for other contraception. But, pills don't prevent sexually transmitted infections.


Some women think pills can cause birth defects in their unborn especially if they stop pills only for a short period before pregnancy.


Some believe that taking contraceptive pills can effect general health, like headaches, asthma and hair loss, especially if used for long time.


Many believe it can affect your sexual drive or cause frigidity in women. Some think it promotes promiscuity.


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