Whether or not you have plans to conceive in the future — chances are you have come across various resources and articles that discuss possible side effects related to birth control. Unfortunately, many myths exist and not all the resources that are available present factual information. To help combat this, the team of trained physicians at Comprehensive Women’s Health have debunked a few of the most common birth control myths so that you can make a more informative decision when it comes to choosing the right contraception.
Myth #1: Birth control medication works right away.
Typically, it takes most women at least one complete menstrual cycle for the hormones in the pill to begin to work alongside the body’s natural production of hormones. If you are sexually active during the first month of taking birth control, it is highly recommended to use a secondary back-up method of birth control.
Myth #2: Birth control increases weight gain.
While every woman’s body responds differently to medication, there have been many recent studies indicating that birth control does not directly correlate with weight gain or weight loss.
Myth #3: Birth control prevents STDs.
It is a common — and dangerous — misconception that birth control not only works to prevent unplanned pregnancy but also prevents STDs. This is patently false! The hormones that the pill contains do not work to lower the risk of STD infections or to prevent them in any way. Use of latex condoms and other effective STD-prevention methods is necessary to avoid contracting an STI or STD.
Myth #4: You should take periodic breaks when taking birth control.
Taking a break from taking your birth control doesn’t have any health benefits and can increase the risk of pregnancy. If for some reason you pause in your regular birth control medication routine, your body will have to become acclimated to the pill once you begin taking it again.
Myth #5: Birth control doesn’t work for everyone.
False. While some women choose not to use birth control medication for a variety of reasons, this does not mean the medication is ineffective as a method to prevent pregnancy. There are a wide array of birth control options, and most women can find one that is a good fit for their preferences and bodies. Consult with your Comprehensive Women’s Health physician to discuss the best form of birth control for you.
Myth #6: If not taken at the same time daily than it’s not effective.
Despite what you may have heard, taking contraception at exactly the same time each day doesn’t increase or decrease their overall effectiveness. Making sure that the pill is taken daily should be the number one priority. And if you have forgotten to take the pill on a particular day, be sure to take the missed pill as soon as you remember!
Here at Comprehensive Women’s Health, our physicians offer one-on-one education and guidance during each and every consultation. We strive to provide you with tailored care to help improve your overall health and wellness. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today at (352) 332- 7222.