It is not always easy to separate the truth from the myths when it comes to contraception because there is too much information on this subject out there. However, a big part of it is not accurate, and this is one of the main reasons why close to 50 percent of women in the USA do not use any form of birth control. And this statistic is according to a survey by Strategic Pharma Solutions, a reliable medical consultation company. Many other research findings also conclude that there are several myths surrounding contraception and the following are some of the most common ones.
Myth #1 - You do not need contraceptives when breastfeeding
There is a common misconception that you do not have to use any form of birth control when breastfeeding. This myth has been a subject of research for many years, but experts from several organizations including the School of Medicine at Yale University have discredited this notion as entirely false. Breastfeeding may be able to suppress some hormones and hence reducing fertility, but this is not a foolproof method of birth control.
Myth #2 - Birth control pills make you fat
Some ladies believe that most contraceptives will lead to weight gain. However, this is just a myth, and no scientific proof or evidence is available to prove this. The truth is that whether you gain weight or not depends on the prescription, type of contraceptive pills and also how your body reacts to it. A 2011 study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concludes that; however, there are instances where some ladies will gain weight when using contraceptives. According to the same study, there is still no concrete evidence that shows that there is a direct connection between the weight gain and birth control.
Myth #3 - Condoms diminish sexual pleasure
Many people tend to avoid condoms as a method of contraception due to the belief that it diminishes sexual pleasure. Research by the Journal of Sexual Medicine from a couple of years ago shows that both men and women will enjoy sex the same way with condoms as they would without them.
The best thing about condoms is that they are hormone-free, and there are even some with an exclusive design that enhances the pleasure.
Myth #4 - Pulling out/withdrawal prevents pregnancy
Pulling out before ejaculation is a common method that couples rely on to prevent pregnancy, but it is far from a reliable form of birth control. Sex experts and doctors will tell you that there are some sperms in the secretion that comes before the actual ejaculation and this is more than enough to make the woman pregnant. Also, a lot of men might not have the willpower to pull out or may even forget to do it due to the excitement.