Birth control pills are pretty rad, y’all. They do all kinds of things like help with menstrual cramps and regulate your period. Oh and they prevent you from getting pregnant, which is a really important thing that they do.
There are a lot of things to know about birth control in terms of safety. It’s a medication, so you need to talk to your doctor about what kind of birth control is best for you. Just because your friend loves her birth control doesn’t mean it’s going to work with you and your body.
But there are definitely a lot of myths and ridiculous claims about birth control pills like this one that suggests birth control weakens your sense of smell so you might not be able to tell if your guy stinks. Or the one that claims birth control makes you like more feminine men.
I think it’s time we separated fact from fiction here, ladies. Check out these 8 myths about birth control pills:
Myth: All Birth Controls Are Created Equal
So false! There are so many different kinds of birth control pills, and they are all different. What works for you might not work for someone else. You might have to try a few to find out what the best pill for you is.
Myth: You Can't Get Pregnant When Taking Birth Control Pills
You can in fact get pregnant while you're on birth control pills. No pill is 100% effective, even with 100% correct usage.
Myth: I'm On The Pill So I Don't Need Condoms
Yes, you still need condoms. Birth control pills do not protect against STDs or HIV. Not to mention, condoms help protect extra against pregnancy should your birth control pills fail.
Myth: The Pill Makes Your Boobs Bigger
While some women do report bigger breasts when on the pill, it's not a guarantee. Certain pills affect certain people differently so just because your friend gained two cup sizes does not mean you will.
Myth: The Pill Makes You Gain Weight
Some women do gain weight when taking birth control pills, which could attribute to larger breasts. But there is no direct correlation between the pill and weight gain, at least according to science.
Myth: Your Period Stops
Lighter or non-existent periods do happen for some women. But your period will likely not magically disappear when you're taking birth control pills.
Myth: Other Medications Don't Affect The Pill
Be honest with your doctor about other medications you're taking because they can in fact affect the effectiveness of your birth control pill. I'm on antibiotics right now for a respiratory infection and my doc reminded me that it can reduce my birth control's effectiveness so I should be careful. Thanks, doc!
Myth: I Don't Need To Take It At The Same Time Everyday
Uh, yes you do. If you want your birth control to be as effective as possible, you need to take it at the same time every single day. And if you're on mini-pills, you definitely need to take it on time because they are time based. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you!
Did you know these were myths? Did you think any of these were true? Do you know of any other birth control myths? Tell us in the comments!