If you are currently using or considering a new form of birth control, you may be overwhelmed by your options. From oral pills and tubal ligation to IUDs, choosing one of these options can be challenging. Making your decision is even more difficult since you may be believing a few common myths regarding these methods. By learning the truth behind these common myths, you will have a better understanding of your options for preventing pregnancy.
You Will Gain Weight
One of the most common myths women believe is that you will gain weight while on any type of birth control. Fortunately, this is a myth that needs to be addressed, so women can continue using contraception without any fear of weight gain.
Unless you or your male partner is using a condom during intercourse, your method of contraception will involve hormones. Birth control pills, IUDs, implants, and even a contraceptive shot all release hormones into the body. The addition of these hormones affect women in different ways.
While some women may experience water retention and bloating, other women will not have any side effects from using hormonal methods. Retaining water and bloating may cause weight to fluctuate, but these changes do not last throughout the entire usage of the pill, implant, or IUD.
Ongoing studies have been conducted, determining there is no direct correlation between hormonal contraception and weight gain.
You Must Take the Pill at the Same Time Each Day
Most women believe they have to take their pill at the same exact time each day. In reality, this statement is actually partially true.
It is best to start a habit of taking the pill at the same time each day so you can remember it. Most women will take their pill first thing in the morning or at night before bed. Unfortunately, life can get in the way of this schedule, causing you to remember taking the pill a few hours after your normal time.
It is important to stay calm if you remember your pill a few hours after your scheduled time. Just make sure to take the pill as soon as you remember. Unless you are on a progestin-only pill, the time of day does not really matter.
If you have completely forgotten your pill and have had sexual intercourse, you may need to contact your doctor about emergency birth control methods.
Preventing pregnancy is possible with proper understanding. To learn more about your options, contact your gynecologist today.