A new study reveals some startling information about women and birth control options which is… uh, women don’t know as much about their birth control options as they should. For example, only one in five women know which method birth control is the most effective for preventing pregnancy. This is definitely not ideal, especially if you’re having sex.
At the same time, I’m not that surprised. A lot of the time, women have to find ways to educate themselves about different methods of birth control. I had never heard of an IUD until after college! So I decided to address a lot of the questions you guys ask about birth control all the time and also some common myths out there. The result is 8 facts about birth control you need to know now. Check ’em out:
The Most Effective Forms of Birth Control Don't Include The PillAccording to that study I was telling you guys about above, about 56 percent of women think that the Pill is the most effective form of birth control. Not true! In fact, the Pill isn't even included in the top four. They are: vasectomy, female sterilization, implants and IUDs. Source: ShutterStock
Skipping Your Pill IS A Big DealI hear a lot of girls talk about how often they skip taking their birth control pill. One of my friends constantly skips days, sometimes even two or three. A lot of people think it's no big deal, but it definitely is. 19 percent of 43 percent of unplanned pregnancies are due to taking the Pill inconsistently. Set an alarm for when you should take yours and be careful! Source: ShutterStock
You Can Get Pregnant When You Have Your PeriodA lot of you have asked us if you can still get pregnant by having unprotected sex when you have your period and the answer is... yes. I've seen a few of you comment and say things about how you don't use birth control during your period because you think you're safe. You're not! If you do it at the right time, you can still get preggers. Source: ShutterStock
There Are A Lot More Options Than You ThinkA surprising amount of people assume that their only birth control options are the Pill, a condom or abstinence. There are actually a bunch of different options out there. IUDs are a big option and since they're the more effective at preventing pregnancy than the Pill, they may be your best option. There is also the shot, implant, vaginal ring, the patch, a diaphragm and a sponge. Some of these things, like the sponge, diaphragm and patch don't work as well as the options that are new. To decide what is best for you, do some research and talk to your doctor. Source: ShutterStock
Taking Other Pills Can Reduce The Effectiveness Of The PillIf you use birth control pills, be careful about taking other pills at the same time. There are tons of antibiotics, anti-depressants and even natural supplements that can affect how effective the Pill is. Usually if your doctor prescribes you a pill that will mess up your birth control, he or she will let you know, but not always... so it's best to keep yourself informed. Source: ShutterStock
Your Body Doesn't Need A Break From Birth ControlLately, I've heard a lot of girls expressing concern over being on birth control for too long because they're worried that in the future, it will prevent them from getting pregnant when they actually want to. But studies and doctors insist this isn't true (except in the case of the shot). You can take birth control as long as you want! Source: ShutterStock
Plan B is Not The Same As The Abortion PillToo many people assume that taking a Plan B pill is the same thing as taking the abortion pill. They are definitely not the same! Plan B prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation. Plan B doesn't cause an abortion. Source: ShutterStock
The Pill Won't Make You Gain WeightYes, earlier and older forms of the birth control pill made women gain weight. But doctors insist that the newer versions don't cause you to gain weight. Some side effects may include bloating, which might make you feel like you've gained weight, but no study has found that the Pill causes weight gain. Source: ShutterStock
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Did you already know all of these facts about birth control? Which was the most surprising to you? Which form of birth control do you use? Tell us in the comments.