Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding the Pill
Which one of these myths did you believe?
Myth: The Pill might cause infertility
Reality: Many women believe that birth control pills may cause infertility, yet no studies have shown any relation between taking these pills and infertility in women. Taking a full course of birth control pills will not affect the chances of having a baby when you stop using them.
Myth: The Pill causes ovarian cancer
Reality: It doesn’t. In fact, studies show that the risk of ovarian cancer is reduced for women that take the pill, it could even decrease the risk by 25-50% for some women. It needs to be noted, however, that the pill might cause a slight increase in the chances for breast cancer. If you have a history of breast cancer in the family, then the pill might not be your safest option.
Myth: The pill increases your appetite and makes you gain weight
Reality: This is not true anymore. In the past pills used to contain high levels of estrogen, which increased fluid retention and appetite. Pills these days contain much less estrogen which in turn also reduces the amount of fluid retention and normalizes the appetite.
Myth: The pill must be taken at the same exact time day after day
Reality: Taking the pill on the exact same time every day does not make it more effective. You can set a certain schedule to take the pill if you have trouble remembering when you took it on previous days. Some women feel more comfortable taking the pill during morning hours and sticking to that, while others find it easier to take it in the evening before going to bed. Utilizing technology can be very useful, you can put a reminder on your phone, or you can download a birth control pill tracker on your phone from the Apple store or the Play store.