Ob-Gyns Expose the 3 Biggest Birth Control Myths

Birth control misconceptions finally cleared up.
When it comes to sex, there seems to be a constant amount of myths on the subject. We took our parents' words to heart and have hoped for the best, but the truth is that a lot has changed. But between the endless reports, viral blogs, Facebook posts and general rumors circulating, how does one keep up these days? “What’s more, sex and sexuality are still something many people aren’t talking about, making it easy for misinformation to spread,” notes Vanessa Cullins, M.D., who is an ob-gyn and vice president for external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood. [bctt tweet="Birth control misconceptions finally debunked once and for all. "] But it's time to get to the bottom of all this talk. So, to avoid any further confusion, let these doctors clear it up for you. Birth control misconceptions finally cleared up. Do oral contraceptives with high-dose estrogen levels elevate your chances of breast cancer? “High-dose pills are extremely uncommon today; most pills we prescribe...contain very low doses of estrogen,” explains Colleen Krajewski, M.D., who is a gynecologist on the board of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It's also important to note that breast cancer is rare among young women who are typically taking the pill. “Birth-control pills actually protect against cancers, cutting your risk for ovarian cancer in half after five years of use,” notes Krajewski. Those who have taken oral contraceptives even have a lower risk of getting colon cancer. Moreover, using birth control pills has been found to prevent 200,000 cases of endometrial cancer within the last 10 years. Birth control misconceptions finally cleared up. “I hear this one all the time. 'Hormones are bad, birth control delivers high doses of hormones, and I don’t want all that in my body.' But it’s just not true,” notes Dr. Krajewski. “In a natural menstrual cycle (one when you’re not on birth control), your body experiences high levels of estrogen and progesterone and extremely low levels. Instead of these big ups and downs throughout the month, combined birth control methods—those containing estrogen and progestin—keep you on a more straight line, delivering a continuous, average amount of hormones. This is the reason many women actually experience fewer symptoms of PMS while on birth control.” birth control And you don't need to be concerned about them building up. “The hormones in birth control only last a day—that’s why you need a daily dose,” explains Anne Burke M.D., who is an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. Is it wrong to keep your body from ovulating for long periods of time? “The whole time women are pregnant or breastfeeding, they don’t ovulate, and no one is worried about that,” explains Krajewski. “Our bodies don’t have to ovulate every month, and your body won’t forget how to do it if you use birth control for several years. In fact, diseases like ovarian cancer are directly related to the number of times you’ve ovulated, which is why birth control can lower your risk for ovarian and endometrial cancer.” birth control As for those scary risks of blood clotting and stroke? They're extremely rare, and are more likely when you initially begin your pills. Birth control misconceptions finally cleared up. As for the risk of getting pregnant, it's not as simple as you may think. “There are only [about six days] each month when you can actually get pregnant,” says Cullins. “This window varies depending on the length of your cycle, making it difficult to determine exactly when ovulation is occurring. This is why it’s so important to use contraception and only stop when you want to become pregnant. Some people get pregnant immediately, but for others, it can take time. When you do want to have a baby, you should expect to try for at least 12 months.”
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