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Contraception and Birth-Control: Myths Debunked!

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There are a lot of myths surrounding the topic of contraception. Even though we’re sky-rocketing towards being the most populated country in the matter of a few years, contraception and birth control is still not talked about enough. So, we are here to debunk a few myths about contraception!

Myth: Condoms are the only type of birth control.

Fact: Condoms are the most easily available type of contraception available. But it is not the only one.

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There are several other types of contraception like internal condoms, birth control pills, contraceptive patch, contraceptive implant, intrauterine devices, etc.

Myth: Any Birth-Control method can prevent STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Fact: Conceptive methods that create a barrier, like external and internal condoms, can prevent and reduce the risk of STIs.

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But, hormonal birth control, permanent sterilization, fertility awareness, IUDs, and other methods still allow STIs to spread from one partner to the other during sex.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant during periods, hence, don’t need to use contraception.

Fact: You can get pregnant during your periods, even if the chances are low. It can also depend upon the length of the person’s menstrual cycle.

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To be safe, you should use contraception even if you are having sex during your periods.

Myth: All contraceptive methods are appropriate for everyone.

Fact: Different people have different needs. Before using any internal birth-control method like birth control pills, you should definitely visit your physician to get professional and medical advice.

The comfort of a person, the effectiveness of a method and other factors like side effects should be considered. If someone does not want to take hormonal contraception, they can opt for external birth control measures.

Myth: You don’t need contraception if you use the “pull-out” or withdrawal method.

Fact: If the withdrawal method is the sole contraceptive method being used, it can be proved to be highly ineffective. There is still a 22% chance (1 in a 5 chance, highly risky) that you might get pregnant, even if your partner pulled-out at the right time.

It is proved that sperm can be released before ejaculation as well. Besides, premature ejaculation is always a possibility. It is a wise decision to use another contraceptive measure, like condoms or birth-control pills, along with the withdrawal method, which can prove to be quite effective.

Myth: Morning-After Pill or Plan B can be used as a regular contraceptive measure.

Fact: Emergency contraceptive pills, also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B, are high-dose birth control pills that prevent pregnancy after a person has had sex without using birth control or when the birth control used was ineffective (like breakage of a condom).

According to research, these pills prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation. As these pills are quite strong, using them regularly is not a healthy way of contraception. They should only be used when there’s an emergency.

Birth-Control pills are milder in comparison, and when used with the advice and consultation of a doctor, they are harmless.

We hope that this article helps you, and you engage in safe and healthy sex!

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