Monthly or permanent birth control is not new; but some methods have also been around long enough for a number of incorrect myths to show up around them that misinform women about what it is and what it actually does. Don’t let the facts be twisted around; stay informed so you know what it will or won’t do for you.
Birth control does not affect your ability to maintain the weight you want to be at. There is no medical research that shows birth control will cause you to gain weight, regardless of if you’re taking the pill or using an IUD, have the patch or something else.
What is true is birth control can, sometimes with certain medications, help reduce your acne. Dermatologists do sometimes prescribe birth control drugs for the purpose of dealing with a patient’s acne, so that one is verified.
When it comes to sex, the reason most women will turn to birth control, another common myth is the fear that the pill or other methods can interfere with your natural sex drive. And again, it’s just not something that’s supported by medical research. There is no evidence that birth control can lower your sex drive.
When it comes to your monthly periods, there is evidence that monthly birth control can reduce or sometimes even eliminate your menstruation. Certain oral contraceptives can control the length of your period and the quantity of flow. There is no danger in skipping your period. If however you are not experiencing periods and you are not on birth control, you should check in with your doctor to make sure nothing is wrong.
Birth control is very safe. Some hormonal contraceptives can cause mood changes and possible depression.
There are lots of options for preventing pregnancy talk through all of your options with a health care professional and find the perfect fit for you.
Don’t let myths about birth control confuse you. Stay informed so you can stay in control. #HealthStatus
- 1There are many myths surrounding birth control pills, including that they can make you fat, yet there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.
- 2While some birth control pills are prescribed by doctors for acne, this is only some varieties and it does not work for everyone.
- 3While it’s been widely reported that birth control can affect your sex drive negatively, a 2016 study shows that other types of birth control impact sex drive more than the pill.