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Expert speak on Contraception Myths

Sex and contraception is a delicate subject that most people feel uncomfortable talking about freely. But not talking about it can be very unhealthy, leaving one uninformed and confused.

Which is why, our expert advisors we would like to bring to the front various myths in connection to contraception and prepare to separate fact from fiction.

Papaya for avoide pregnancy

Papaya

Myth: Some people believe that consuming papaya can help in avoiding pregnancy.
Fact: Aside from the fact that papaya is a very tasty and healthy fruit, it can in no way help prevent pregnancy.Consuming papaya, in anyway, cannot be considered an effective way of contraception.
Emergency contraceptive pill causes acne

Acne

Myth:Emergency contraceptive pill causes acne.
Fact: There is no definite proof that Emergency Contraceptive Pills cause acne.
NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Emergency Contraceptive Pills increse weight

Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Myth: Emergency Contraceptive Pills will make me fat.
Fact: Emergency contraceptive are not the reason. It is usually the change in lifestyle habits that lead to this.
NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Age limit to conceive

45

Myth: I cannot conceive after the age of 35.
Fact: There is no age limit for conception. People can get pregnant well into their old age. Always use protection.
Sexual position prevents pregnancy

Sexual position

Myth: Having sex standing up prevents pregnancy.
Fact: Having sex in any position can possibly lead to pregnancy. Using various contraception methods can help prevent unplanned pregnancy.
Taking 2 pills is more iffective

2 Pills

Myth: Just to be safe, taking 2 Emergency Contraceptive Pills is better than taking just 1.
Fact: Emergency contraceptive pills contain high dose hormones and frequently consuming they, i.e. multiple times in one cycle, may cause severe menstrual cycle disturbance that may take a long time to normalise. Sexually active people can instead use other forms of contraceptives.
NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Condoms take the fun out of sex

Condom

Myth: Condoms take the fun out of sex.
Fact: The right kind of condom can enhance sex for both partner if they pick the correct size and shape. Proper contraceptive methods when used right can help make sex quite enjoyable. Moreover, condoms can be used as birth control and reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
The 'Morning After' Pill Causes an Abortion

Emergency Contraceptive Pills and abortion

Myth: The 'Morning After' Pill Causes an Abortion.
Fact: Levonorgestrel-only ‘Morning After’ Emergency Contraceptive Pills do not cause abortion. If you are already pregnant, consuming a ‘morning after’ pill will not make a difference.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
consumption emergency contraceptive pills

Future pregnancy

Myth: Consuming Emergency Contraceptive Pills will affect my chances at pregnancy in the future.
Fact: Emergency Contraceptive Pills has no long term effects. It only works on your body for 72 hours, after which your body comes back to normal. Rest easy in knowing that it will not affect your future chances at pregnancy.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Light periods

Pregnancy

Myth: Taking an Emergency Contraceptive Pills while I am pregnant will cause me harm.
Fact: Emergency Contraceptive Pills are not abortion pills. If you are already pregnant when you consume the EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS it will have absolutely no effect on your body. So don’t worry.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Having sex on ‘safe days ‘can prevent pregnancy

Delayed Periods

Myth: Periods delayed even after taking Emergency Contraceptive Pills means you are pregnant.
Fact: Since Emergency Contraceptive Pills may cause a fluctuation in your period cycle, chances are that your dates may change. But no contraception provides 100% protection from pregnancy. So if your period is delayed more than 10 days, please conduct a pregnancy test.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
infection of STD from a Toilet Seat

STD

Myth: You Can Catch an STD from a Toilet Seat
Fact: You cannot catch an STD but proper hygiene need to be maintained so that infections can be prevented.

Light Periods

Myth: Light periods after taking Emergency Contraceptive Pills means you are pregnant.
Fact: Emergency Contraceptive Pills can cause fluctuation in your period cycle because of which the quality of bleeding may vary. This doesn’t mean you are pregnant. It is temporary and should be back to normal by your next cycle.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Oral sex is safer

Sex Vs Sex

Myth: Oral sex is safer that vaginal sex.
Fact: Oral sex as well as vaginal sex can lead to STD. This is not a preventive measure. Use protection.
You Can't Get Pregnant after first sex

Sex for the 1st time

Myth: You Can't Get Pregnant the First Time You Have Sex.
Fact: You are just as likely to get pregnant the first time you have sex as any other. To prevent unplanned pregnancy always use protection.
Emergency Contraceptive Pills cause side effects

Side effects

Myth: Emergency Contraceptive Pills cause a lot of side effects.
Fact: There have been some reports of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, irregular spotting in between periods, disturbed menstrual cycle etc. but these disappear after a few days and is not common to all.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Hygiene

Hygiene

Myth: Cleaning your vagina after sex can prevent pregnancy.
Fact: Cleaning your private parts after sex is hygienic and should be practised but does not prevent pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex. Using proper contraceptive is advised.

Safe days

Myth: Having sex on ‘safe days ‘can prevent pregnancy.
Fact: Safe days are not always constant. They can fluctuate due to various reason which is why one should be careful and use protection if they want to prevent pregnancy even on safe days.
Bleeding

Bleeding

Myth: You can only know an Emergency Contraceptive Pills worked if you bleed after taking it.
Fact: Bleeding is not an effective indicator to confirm if the pill worked or not. Though some women have mentioned bleeding because of hormonal fluctuation in the body, this is not common in all women.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Jumping after sex can prevent pregnancy

Jumping

Myth: Jumping up and down after sex can prevent pregnancy.
Fact: The human reproductive system is built in a way to help the sperm reach the egg so that humans can procreate. On having unprotected sex, no amount of exercise can help cleanse the system and prevent pregnancy. Always use protection.
masturbate before sex can prevent pregnancy

Masturbation

Myth: Pregnancy can be prevented if you masturbate before sex.
Fact: Even if you masturbate before sex, the body replenishes the sperm reserve by the time you are ready to have sex again. Even a small amount of ejaculation can lead to pregnancy. Always use protection.

Intercourse

Myth: Emergency Contraceptive Pills should be consumed even if we don’t have proper intercourse, just in case.
Fact: Emergency Contraceptive Pills have no harmful effects on your body but they can cause menstrual imbalance if taken often, unnecessary consumption should be avoided. Use other contraceptive methods instead.

NOTE : Emergency Contraceptive Pills are to be used in emergency only when regular contraception fails.
Drinking Carbonated Soda can lower men’s fertility

Carbonated Drink

Myth: Drinking Carbonated Soda can lower men’s fertility.
Fact: There is no study to prove that drinking any type of Carbonated Soda can decrease the fertility in men. To prevent pregnancy, it is advised to use proper contraception methods.
Having sex with clothes on can lead to pregnancy

Sex with clothes

Myth: Having sex with clothes on can lead to pregnancy.
Fact: Unless actual penetration into the vagina takes place during sex, there is no possible way for a couple to get pregnant. It is advised to use proper contraception during sex.