Do you want to be safe from unplanned pregnancy? Do you want to know the truth behind birth control methods? Are you fed up of unproven birth control techniques? Read on to know the answer of such questions through studies and reports that debunk those myths.
Why are people considering contraception (birth control)?
a. to avoid health complications on the mother and newborn
b. to avoid large family burdens and stress
c. for social and financial reasons
d. for the couple to give much time and care for the family
List of birth control methods:
i. Oral Contraceptive (pills): Birth control pills are hormonal methods taken by mouth on daily bases to interfere by the normal process of ovulation. Decreasing the risks of pregnancy.
ii. Depo-Provera: Is a contraceptive medical injection for women that contains the hormone progestin. It is given every three months.
iii. Levonorgestrel Implant: Is a hormonal form of birth control that is implanted under the skin of the upper arm. It is sold under the name of Norplant.
iv. Intrauterine Device: The IUD is a T-shaped structure that is inserted into the uterus to disrupt normal female cycles and suppress ovulation.
v. Barrier Methods: These methods prevent the sperm from getting to and fertilizing the egg. Such methods include male condom and female condom, diaphragm, and cervical cap.
vi. Surgical Method: Tubal sterilization is a form of surgery where the women’s fallopian tubes are closed Such as bilateral tuba ligation (BTL). And vasectomy where part of the male’s vas deferens is being cut and sealed.
These tools are safe, but if not taken properly, they might show some side effects. Moreover, none of such contraceptive methods offered today can perfectly protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
There are several effective ways to avoid unplanned pregnancy by birth control methods. But there are many misconceptions toward using such methods, resulting an unwanted pregnancies. All the below top 10 myths are untrue but some people still fall as victims by believing them.
Myth#10: Only poor and uneducated woman are exposed to unplanned pregnancy
This is so untrue and illogical. All woman all over the world are equally exposed to unplanned pregnancy. It is not limited to the income or educational level. But depends on the number of intercourse between the male and the female.
Myth#9: I am not worried about unintended pregnancy because I have female problems
Even if your doctor has told you that you can’t get pregnant without treatment or surgery, use birth control. Several women with uterus and hormonal complications conceived. Unless your doctor told you there is no way for you to get pregnant.
Myth#8: It is not a big deal if I missed a couple of my birth control pills
Contraceptive pills should build up in your body to work. In order to be effective, they should be taken on the same time every day. You should take them as prescribed and try not to forget. In case you were unable to take, then try to use additional contraceptive (condom).
Myth#7: I can’t get pregnant because my smartphone app said that am not ovulating
Your smartphone is a calculating device, it calculates according to the data you give (your first day of your last menstrual cycle and the length of your cycle). First, your hormonal fluctuation affects the day you ovulate. Second, your smart phone is smart but not always correct. It doesn’t know your body, therefore cannot always accurately predict when you are fertile or not. In other words, it doesn’t prevent pregnancy.
Myth#6: Drinking mountain dew prevents pregnancy
This advice is so untrue. Many people say that mountain dew kills all sperm cells in the body. This is due to the caffeine, the BVO (brominated vegetable oil) and the dyes like the yellow color found in it. It is true that such chemicals have impact on reproductive health. But there is no proof that mountain dew prevents pregnancy. Therefore, you should use a reliable contraceptive as prescribed.
Myth#5: I am no more a teenager to easily get pregnant
Your best reproductive years are in your 20s and then your fertility gradually declines in the 30s and mainly after 35. Studies showed that even if you were over 35, as long as you have menses, you are exposed to unexpected pregnancy. You can forget about birth control when you reach menopause.
Myth#4: I don’t get pregnant during my period
Not all women’s body are the same. Period anywhere can last from 3 to 7 days and there is a high probability of ovulation to happen during their menstruation. Add to this that a sperm can be found in the tubes for up to 7 days which can fertilize an egg during the ovulation period.
Myth#3: Breastfeeding my baby protects me from accidental pregnancy
Another old wives’ tale about breastfeeding. It is true natural breastfeeding temporarily prevents ovulation and menstrual cycle, but you may ovulate without knowing it. So, there is no guarantee of not getting pregnant during breastfeeding your baby.
Myth#2: As long as I am using contraceptives, it is impossible to get pregnant
One-quarter of women who have unintended pregnancies use contraceptives. Even if you are using contraceptive, there is still a probability of becoming pregnant. This is because the birth control might not work, if not used properly; and in case it did work effectively, it prevents pregnancy between 68 to 99 percent only. Also, it is untrue that IUD and vasectomy take the reproductive abilities for good.
Myth#1: All women are having abortion, so why don’t I have too?
Abortion is not only killing a life but also harming the mother mentally and physically. Abortion is considered a murder by several religions and a regret by several women who experienced it. Year after year abortion is being increasingly refused by people. Latest statistics showed that 60% of women who got accidentally pregnant gave birth.
There is no truth behind these mythical methods. You can minimize the risk of unplanned pregnancy through the above list and also you can weaken your reproductive abilities, but you can’t guarantee that pregnancy will not happen. The only 100% effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STDs is abstinence.