7 Myths About Birth Control

(Originally Posted on Jan 21, 2016)

When making a family plan, many women factor birth control into the equation because they want to ensure they’re prepared for a time when they’re ready to start having kids. However, as they begin making plans, they may come across some information about birth control that isn’t factual. Here we debunk a few of the birth control myths, so you can make better choices for yourself and your future family.

When making a family plan, many women factor birth control into the equation because they want to ensure they’re prepared for a time when they’re ready to start having kids. However, as they begin making plans, they may come across some information about birth control that isn’t factual. Here we debunk a few of the birth control myths, so you can make better choices for yourself and your future family.

#1: The birth control pill begins working the first day you take it.

Even though women can differ in when the pill takes effect, it’s best to use a secondary method of birth control for the first month. You should wait for at least one menstrual cycle before relying on the pill as your primary method of birth control.

#2: If you keep track of your cycle, you’ll know when it’s safe to have sex and when it isn’t.

Even if you are extremely regular and always on time when it comes to your period, you should know there are many events that can shift your ovulation calendar. A change in diet, a stressful month, and many other lifestyle factors can contribute to a natural hormone change.

#3: Birth control prevents STDs.

While some methods of birth control work to prevent both pregnancy and STDs, not all do. Take the time to talk to your gynecologists about the best method for you when trying to avoid both.

#4: You can have sex on your period and not worry about getting pregnant.

It’s rare, but you can still get pregnant if you have sex during your menstrual cycle. There are circumstances that can cause your body to release an egg at times that aren’t on your calendar. And in some cases, the sperm will live in the uterus for days until the egg is made available.

#5: You can douche or shower after sex to prevent pregnancy.

It is a good idea to keep yourself clean after sex to prevent UTIs and other issues, but it will not prevent pregnancy. And while douching can remove bad bacteria, it can actually remove important bacteria as well.

#6: You’re limited to the pill when it comes to protection from pregnancy.

As a woman who is involved in family planning, you might think your only option is the pill when it comes to birth control. However, you should talk to your gynecologist about the many methods available to you. Also, don’t be afraid to involve your partner when it comes to what they can do such as wearing condoms.

#7: Birth control doesn’t work.

Some women will hear about the rare cases when someone gets pregnant when using a condom or on the pill, but these situations are very few and far between. Birth control is extremely effective, but if you aren’t confident with it, don’t respond by using tactics like the “pull out method.” Abstinence will be your best choice if you don’t want to use birth control.

At Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology we offer guidance and education about family planning and birth control. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with us, call today at 561-434-0111. You can also stop by our locations in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach. We know that as a woman, you’re faced with many decisions about your health, and we’re here to help you with those.

Author
Dr. Marcela Lazo

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