Contraception is an essential part of family planning that allows individuals and couples to plan and space their pregnancies or avoiding unwanted pregnancies. However, there are several misconceptions and myths about contraceptives that can lead to confusion and misinformation.
One common myth is that contraceptives cause infertility. This is not true. In fact, many women use contraceptives to plan and space their pregnancies. When a woman stops using contraception, her fertility typically returns to its normal level within a few months.
2. Only For Women
Another myth is that contraceptives are only for women. This is also untrue. Both men and women can use contraceptives. Contraceptive methods for men include condoms, vasectomy, and withdrawal. Condoms not only protect against pregnancy but also against s*xually transmitted infections (STIs).
There is also a common myth that contraceptives are not effective. However, when used correctly and consistently, contraceptives are highly effective at preventing unintended pregnancies. For example, hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill or the patch, are more than 99% effective when used correctly.
4. Causes Cancer
Some people believe that contraceptives increase the risk of cancer. However, there is no evidence to suggest that contraceptives increase the risk of cancer. In fact, some contraceptive methods, such as hormonal methods, can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as ovarian and endometrial cancer.
5. Causes Weight Gain
Contraceptives make you gain weight. While weight gain can be a side effect of some hormonal contraceptives, it is not a universal experience. Weight gain is more likely to be caused by lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, rather than the contraceptive method itself.
It’s important to discuss your contraceptive options with your healthcare provider to choose the method that is right for you and to get accurate information about how to use it effectively. It’s also important to remember that no contraceptive method is 100% effective, and using condoms in addition to other methods can provide additional protection against STIs. By dispelling these myths and misconceptions, individuals and couples can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and plan their families according to their desires and needs.