The Hormonal Contraception Misconceptions


The life is changing, but there are still the narrow-mindedness. Including narrow-mindedness, which are about the birth control pills. While millions of women take the fifth-generation oral contraceptives calmly, there are still rumors of the thick and hairy creatures coming out of taking the hormonal contraceptives.


The Misconception 1: The birth pills interfere with our health

The birth pills have a diversified systemic exposure on the body that can not be described in one word – beneficial to health or destructive to health, good or bad. Ultimately, the hormonal drugs are prescribed to women to prevent an unwanted pregnancy as well as the drugs are prescribed medicinally – in this case, the contraceptive effect is considered the side effect.
The same birth control pills may provoke grand health concerns in some women, while there is no any discomfort in other women. In other words, in each case opting for the oral contraceptives it is necessary to correlate risk of the side effects with almost absolute protection against the unwanted pregnancy.

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The Misconception 2: If the birth control pill suites to to my sister (friend), it suits me too

The hormonal treatments have always fallen into prescription drugs and should be prescribed by a doctor only after examination. Strictly individually.
While taking the birth pills it is necessary to monitor blood sugar level, blood plasmozyme level and to visit a gynecologist regularly. It is the same untrue that the pills, which cause problems in your friend, will trouble you.

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Misconception 3: The hormonal contraceptives should not be used by women under 20 years

The hormonal contraceptives can be used at a young age without causing harm to health.

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The Misconception 4: After the hormones’ use, it is impossible to get pregnant for a long time

Quite the contrary. In the first month after the hormonal contraceptives’ withdrawal the chance of becoming pregnant increases sharply, and as the statistics show, the probability of twin or triplet babies birth increases twofold.
Prescription of the contraceptives for 3-4 months with the future pregnancy after a drug’s withdrawal in mind – is quite common treatment mode of the certain forms of infertility. The birth control pills do not have any effect on the development of pregnancy, if the drugs were being taken before pregnancy.

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The Misconception 5: Every six months (a year or two) you have to make a month pause while taking the hormonal drugs.

It is unsound opinion. The drug administration’s breaks do not affect neither morbidity (or, vice versa, complications’ prevention), nor further reproductive performance. If there are no contraindications to the use (that can be determined by a doctor only), the birth pills can be used continuously up to menopause.

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The Misconception 6: The birth control pills should not be used by the nursing mothers

Contraception for the nursing mothers is a special conversation. The common hormone pills affect lactation greatly, so they are contraindicated during breastfeeding. However, there are pills containing submicrogram of the hormone (mini-pills), which can be used while breastfeeding.
The feature of these drugs is that they need to be taken every 24 hour on a continuous basis. Even a small-time schedule failure brings a contraceptive effect to nothing.


Video presents funny and at the same true facts that the hormonal tabs do not effect body weight increase.


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The Misconception 7: The hormonal birth control pills cause gain in weight

There may be appetite improving or, vice versa, absence of appetit in some women, bacause of the hormonal contraceptives’ administration. It is impossible to predict in advance (before you start a hormonal drug administration) how this drug will affect you.
These are the progestins, which are a part of the birth pills, that “are responsible for” a weight gain. Therefore, if there is a tendency to corpulence or if there is a weight gain on the background of the drugs administration, the low- progestins pills are prescribed.


According to the studies, approximately 5-7% of women gain in weight (no more than 2 kg per year) due to the hormonal contraceptives. The other 93-95% of women do not have significant weight changes.

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The Misconception 8: It is better to use the emergency contraceptive pills like Postinor than to poison yourself time after time

This misconception is common among the callow young girls who do not know that 1 emergency contraceptive pill (Postinor) contains a loading hormones dose, equal to that one, which you are taking “drop by drop” together with the common contraceptives during a month.
In the case if a woman takes the emergency contraceptive pills on an ongoing basis, she can break an endocrine profile and get a variety of diseases, including infertility.

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The Misconception 9: There is acne as a result of the hormonal drugs administration

Quite the contrary: Some of the birth control pills are prescribed for the treatment of acne.

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The Misconception 10: There is a body hear growth as the result of the birth control pills

The drugs of the first two generations really had this disadvantage. By contrast, the modern hormonal contraceptives do not contribute to a body hear growth; moreover, they prevent hair thinning.

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The Misconception 11: The periods may become irregular, and sometimes it may even long gone for good, because of a long-term birth pills use

That’s not the case. The experts have noted that the hormonal contraceptives normalize menstrual cycle, the amount of bleeding decreases and pain is gone.
2% of women experience menstrual cycle disorder after discontinuation of the birth control pills. Nevertheless, as a rule, it is an acute exacerbation of the disease that is before the drugs, but not the result of the contraceptives intake.

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The Misconception 12: A possibility of the breast and ovarian cancer development increases, if a woman takes the hormonal birth control pills.
The Canadian scientists’ researches have shown that regular use of the oral contraceptives reduces the risk of the ovarian cancer by 45-60%. These drugs have no effect on the breast cancer incidence.

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The Misconception 13: The birth control pills protect against the sexually transmitted diseases

Alas, not a scrap of evidence for this have been found. The pills can only reduce the risk of the pelvic organs acute inflammatory diseases, probably because the drugs contribute to inspissation of the cervical mucus and thus prevent the infection’s penetration. But the oral contraceptives can not protect against the sexually transmitted diseases.

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