There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about contraception. That's why some people don't use it or don't understand how it works. But you should understand that the proper use of contraception can not only prevent pregnancy but also save you from infections that can be transmitted during unprotected sex. In this article, we have gathered eight debunked myths about contraception you shouldn’t believe in.
1. Hormonal contraception causes infertility
One of the most common myths about contraception is that it can cause fertility issues. But the truth is that many women who have skipped even a single birth control pill or were late with injection, implant, or another type of hormonal contraception got pregnant during this period.
Additionally, hormonal contraception can be used to treat sore gynecological conditions that can cause infertility. For example, women with polycystic ovary syndrome have an increased level of male hormones, and birth control pills can help regulate their hormone levels and improve their symptoms.
2. There is no need to use condoms during periods
In most cases, a woman can't get pregnant during periods since the fertile window usually occurs two weeks after the first day of menstruation. But this fertile window can coincide with periods and it is quite possible to conceive.
3. All types of contraception can prevent STIs
You should know that hormonal and non-hormonal contraception except for condoms doesn't protect from STIs. Condoms (both male and female) interfere with the spread of sexually transmitted infections. That's why it is important to use condoms during sex.
4. You can get STDs only during vaginal sex
Unfortunately, any type of unprotected sex (like anal and oral) can lead to the transmission of STIs. In this case, the symptoms of STIs can be more obvious in the mouth or anus, depending on the type of unprotected sex you practice. This means that you need to use condoms during vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
5. Condoms can protect from all STDs
Even though condoms are deemed the most effective option to prevent the spread of STIs, they still don't guarantee complete protection. The reality is that sexually transmitted viruses like human papillomavirus and genital herpes can be passed through skin-to-skin contact.
Human papillomavirus can cause genital warts while genital herpes causes rashes and blisters on the genitals. As a result, you can get them even during safe sex if the condom doesn't cover the affected area. That's why it is better to undergo STD testing regularly especially if you are a sexually active person.
6. Withdrawal method is effective
Many people use the withdrawal (also known as pull-out) method to prevent pregnancy. But you should understand that this method doesn't protect from STIs and is not always reliable as a pregnancy prevention option. You can use this option in combination with other types of contraception.
7. Abortion pills can be used as contraceptives
Some people think that it is better to take an abortion pill after unprotected sex rather than use contraception. But you should understand that any type of abortion including abortion pills, one day abortion, or two-day abortion is not contraception.
These methods terminate the pregnancy but don't prevent it. Any type of abortion has certain consequences that can affect your reproductive health. Additionally, you can still get infected by STIs during unprotected sex.
The bottom line
Sex is an important part of relationships. But you should understand that you are the only person who is responsible for your health. That's why it is better to use contraception if you are not going to get pregnant and want to avoid sexually transmitted infections.