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12 Surprising Facts Nobody Told You About Birth Control

Around 222 million women who want to avoid pregnancy in developing countries are far from a modern birth control method. 

Using birth control measures has been a matter of concern since past. Though the fertility control methods have been adopted since ancient times, efficient and safe methods were started being available from the 20th century. Several studies show that 60% of those who are married and able to have children use birth control. 

There are many basic things that a person needs to know about birth control. Here is a list of them that you probably didn't know.

12 Surprising Facts Nobody Told You About Birth Control

12 Surprising Facts Nobody Told You About Birth Control

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Prevention is better than cure.

Prevention is better than cure.

1. Emergency contraceptives are not abortion.

1. Emergency contraceptives are not abortion.

The morning-after pill will not induce an abortion in a woman who is already in the process of being pregnant. Pills like Plan B work as an emergency way to prevent pregnancy for up to five days of unprotected sex.

2. Do not pair with the wrong drug.

2. Do not pair with the wrong drug.

Birth control pills have side effects. And some pills leave serious consequences if they are taken with the wrong drug. Better to consult the specialist before you pair the drugs.

3. The pill doesn't cause distention.

3. The pill doesn't cause distention.

This is a common myth that birth control pills cause weight gain. Many women quit taking pills because they fear of distention. A study by NHS UK has proved that there is no association between changes in weight and pill use.

4. Monitor the side effects.

4. Monitor the side effects.

The pills often come with side effects. Do not expect the perfect pill that causes no side effects. It's up to you to monitor the negative influences. Before taking pills, make sure you consult the experienced gynaecologist.

5. It's affordable and free for the insured ones.

5. It's affordable and free for the insured ones.

The Affordable Care Act announces the pills free for all women who have insurance. Besides this, birth control pills are affordable, and you don't need to think before having it.

6. IUDs are far better than pills.

6. IUDs are far better than pills.

Though pills are popular among women, the intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-acting reversible contraception for women. Studies have proved that IUDs work 20x better than the pills.

7. You can get pregnant after stopping birth control.

7. You can get pregnant after stopping birth control.

Some women experience a gap between the contraceptive pills use and the process of ovulating. Few of them know that a female can get pregnant the next time she has intercourse when she stops using any barrier method. Stop having pills if you are willing to get pregnant.

8. 95% of pregnancies are caused due to the inconsistent birth control use.

8. 95% of pregnancies are caused due to the inconsistent birth control use.

9. It's a myth that taking pills for long time makes you infertile.

9. It's a myth that taking pills for long time makes you infertile.

10. There's no time limit on any contraceptive option.

10. There's no time limit on any contraceptive option.

11. Birth control pill for men is still not invented.

11. Birth control pill for men is still not invented.

12. Birth control pills have healthy side effects as well.

12. Birth control pills have healthy side effects as well.

Besides negative side effects, birth control pills lower the risks for ovarian and uterine cancer.

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