Busting the Myths

6 Common Myths

Even today, when there’s more information out there than ever before, myths about contraception still exist.

So let’s set the record straight and clear up the common myths, revealed through the survey of 1,500 women in the UK conducted by Bayer.

MYTH: CONTRACEPTION IS BASICALLY JUST THE PILL

Many women still think that contraception choices are limited to the Pill, despite the availability of other options. If the Pill is used as advised by your healthcare professional, it can be very effective - but if you miss a dose, you increase your risk of having an unplanned prgenancy. LARCs are also very effective and methods such as the implant do not rely on you remembering to take them.

MYTH: FERTILITY DOES NOT RETURN TO NORMAL LEVELS FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF LARCs

Nearly half of women (43%) did not know that the IUD, IUS and implants can be removed at any point by a healthcare professional. These methods are suitable for most women of reproductive age and once removed, women can expect their normal level of fertility to return relatively quickly.

MYTH: HORMONAL CONTRACEPTION WILL ALWAYS MAKE ME GAIN WEIGHT

This will largely depend on the type of contraception you use, as well as you as an individual. Not all hormonal methods cause weight gain, but some can. Your healthcare professional can advise you on this.

MYTH: YOU CAN’T GET PREGNANT WHILST ON YOUR PERIOD

Over a third of women (36%) have heard this myth! But with sperm surviving up to five days inside the female body, it’s important to use a contraceptive method at all times.

MYTH: COILS CAN ONLY BE USED IN WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD BABIES

Coils can be used by women of all ages in need of contraception. It can be used regardless of whether you’ve had a baby or not.

MYTH: THE WITHDRAWAL METHOD IS RELIABLE

Over a third of women (38%) have heard that you cannot get pregnant if the man withdraws before ejaculation and a further 17% of women have relied on the withdrawal method at some point. But the truth is around 22% of women who practise the withdrawal method for one year are likely to get pregnant.

LARC methods are designed to take out the daily hassle of remembering your contraception. If you have a busy lifestyle, or have problems remembering your contraception on a regular basis, a LARC may be a suitable option.

What are very long-acting reversible contraceptive (vLARC) methods?

 

vLARCs are the most effective form of contraception available with over a 99% success rate at preventing unplanned pregnancy.

There are 3* types of vLARC methods available: Copper Coil (IUD), hormonal coil (IUS) and the hormonal implant.

*The contraceptive injection is not considered here as its length of duration is in months rather than years.

The methods are:

  1. RELIABLE

    vLARC methods are more than 99% effective in everyday use – making them some of the most reliable contraceptives available.

  2. FLEXIBLE

    vLARC methods can be used long term (from three to ten years), but can also be discontinued at any time.

  3. REVERSIBLE

    The contraceptive effects will wear off immediately following discontinuation of the vLARC methods and normal levels of fertility usually return quickly.

Always speak to your doctor or nurse for personal medical advice. Health information in this website is intended as general information and for UK audiences only. It is not intended to replace a consultation with a healthcare professional, nor is it intended to provide specific medical advice.

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All contents © Bayer 2018. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: October 2018