For a long time, contraceptives have been treated as a shameful concept that needs to be talked about in hush tones and should be avoided at all costs. Even the reason to use contraceptives was used as a way to describe a person’s character and was misjudged profoundly. Hence, it is the need of the hour to understand what contraceptives are, why do we need to use them and what are the myths and the reality to make sure that we are protected without causing any harm to our bodies.
Contraceptive can be defined as a device or a drug that can be used or taken to prevent the chances of pregnancy during sexual intercourse. There are a variety of contraceptives available in the market. For instance, you can either use birth control pills, condoms, IUD and many more. You can use any depending upon your comfort and also what your gynaecologist suggests you.
There are a variety of myths regarding contraceptives that might lead to confusion and a dilemma while using these. Here are some of the myths and the underlying facts behind those myths to help you understand what and how to use contraceptives.
- Myth 1: Birth Control has the Ability to Turn you into a Stringent Person while Messing up your Hormones.
Birth control doesn’t cause an imbalance in your hormones. They have similar natural hormones found in any women’s body. If one has to lead a comparative study, stress has even more ability to cause hormonal imbalance than birth control. If you feel that the birth control you take is causing any kind of imbalance, consult your gynaecologist to know more about the type of birth control used and any alternative that might help.
- Myth 2: Birth Control Affects the Fertility in Women and can Cause complications in the Future
This is not true. Research has shown that long term usage of birth control does not affect fertility or the ability to conceive in the future. All such contraceptives are completely reversible. Once you stop taking them or in the case of IUD, remove them, you can get pregnant. It doesn’t harm you or change your birth cycle in any way.
- Myth 3: Birth Control Pills Can Cause Diseases like Cancer
No scientific research has shown the possibility or an increase in the chances of cancer due to birth control pills. Various researches do show the reduction in the chances of ovarian and uterine cancer if one uses IUD, patch or ring.
- Myth 4: IUD Tears the Lining of the Uterus
Using IUD doesn’t mean a 100% chance of a tear in the inner lining of the uterus. Yes, it is a possibility but such a thing usually happens during the time of insertion and even then, it is not harmful or dangerous.
- Myth 5: Implants Cause an Increase in the Weight
Using IUDs in no way causes an increase in weight. There can be an increase in weight when one starts using such implants at a growing age, but that is completely normal as it is a human process. The increase is not because of the implant. If you want to maintain your weight, you can try working out or switching to a healthy diet.
These are some of the myths and an underlying fact behind its truth. We hope that this blog helps you and removes some of the doubts from your mind. Looking after your sexual health is one of the essential things to do. Let us not take it for granted and try to work on it.