Debunking More Birth Control Pill Myths
When it comes to birth control pills, myths, misunderstandings and misconceptions
abound -- and unintended conceptions can result. The following rumors about
birth control pills can finally be put to rest:
- Have you heard that you need a "pill vacation" after being on it for
several years? This is not true. The myth about the Pill being unsafe
for women over 35 is also outdated, unless you are a smoker. Unless your
doctor gives you a medical reason to stop taking the Pill, you can probably
take it safely until menopause. Smoking over age 35 IS a reason to stop smoking;
if you can't, then stop taking the Pill, and use another form of contraception.
- Another myth: "If you've tried one Pill, you've tried them all."
Not true. While many birth control pills are similar, there are many
different formulations offering different doses, side effects, and benefits.
- Some women mistakenly think that once they stop taking the Pill, they'll
have difficulty getting pregnant. This is not true. A woman who
stops taking the Pill will have no more trouble conceiving than a woman OF
THE SAME AGE who has not taken them.
- Unfortunately, many women think that if they're on the Pill, they're
practicing safe sex. Not true. The Pill provides excellent contraception,
but it does not protect a woman from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV/AIDS.
- Many women believe-incorrectly-that they can't take the Pill while nursing.
Not true. Progestin-only contraceptives are a safe and effective
method of contraception for breast-feeding women as early as three weeks postpartum.
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Created: 5/25/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.