When it comes to “the pill,” there is a lot of misinformation out there. We’ve heard it all, birth control affects fertility, birth control causes cancer, birth control can lead to birth defects, the list goes on and on. Today, we’re giving you the truth behind birth control and putting an end to some of those myths you’ve heard!
Birth Control Variety
There are different types, as well as a wide variety of brands, of birth control. There are extended cycle pills which allow women to menstruate every 3 months, progestin-only pills that don’t contain estrogen, vaginal rings, hormone releasing patches, IUDs…the list goes on and on. How do you know which birth control is best for you? It’s best to consult the doctor prescribing them, as it depends on your body, habits, age, etc. Even though there are so many different forms of birth control, the same general principles regarding fertility, cancer risk, and potential birth defects still apply.
Regardless of what you may have heard, birth control does not affect your ability to get pregnant. In fact, there is no change in fertility with the use of birth control pills. Paul Blumenthal, M.D. and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at John Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore states that “With a few notable exceptions, immediately after you stop using birth control, your fertility will go right back to what it was destined to be.” However, if you experienced irregular menstruation before you started taking birth control, it’s likely that your cycles will be irregular once you stop taking it.
Birth control does not cause cancer. In fact, it protects against ovarian and uterus cancers. A woman is half as likely to get cancer of the uterus or ovaries if she takes the Pill. Most experts believe that taking oral contraceptive pills does not cause an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Even women with a family history of cancer can safely take birth control.
You may have heard some claims of birth control being tied to certain birth defects in children. Birth control will not cause birth defects in children, nor will it negatively affect their health.
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