Myths about Contraceptives
There are so many myths about contraceptives, or ‘birth control’, out there that they could make you not want to use them altogether. Some myths about contraceptives will make you use them in the wrong way, putting you and your partner at risk while other myths will make you think that homemade contraceptives (like using plastic when you don’t have condoms) are a good idea. Knowing the facts about contraceptives ensures that you don’t put yourself at risk of unplanned pregnancy or at contracting STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), including Human Immunodeficiency (HIV). So to make sure that you and your partner are safe and that there is no confusion when it comes to contraceptives, let’s break down a few myths choma.
Myth 1: Contraceptives will make you gain weight
This is one of the most common myths choma, especially about ‘the pill’ and ‘the injection’. There have been a few studies that show that there is no connection between weight gain and birth control. But if you are worried about gaining weight, speak to your doctor so that she/he can explain the facts behind taking a certain type of contraceptive.
Myth 2: A homemade condom is as good as any condom
If you don’t have a condom, don’t try to make something that will act as a condom. This is dangerous and not effective. Condoms were especially made for safe sex, from making sure they are the right fit to testing them over and over again to make sure they are effective. Condoms are not only designed to prevent pregnancy, but also prevent you from contracting STIs, including HIV. You should either get a condom or wait to have sex until you have one. Trust me choma, putting yourself at risk with things like plastic or balloons is not worth it.
Myth 3: The “morning after pill” can only be taken in the morning
The “morning after pill” or emergency pill can actually be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You don’t even have to wait until the morning to take the pill either; you can take it immediately after unprotected sex. Just remember that the morning after pill is just an emergency contraceptive and shouldn’t be used in the same way ‘the pill’ is used. You can read more about the morning after pill here to understand how it works and when it’s used.
Myth 4: Peeing or douching after sex is a form of contraception
Peeing or douching (rinsing your vagina) after sex won’t get rid of sperm choma. After ejaculation, the sperm enters the cervix (lower end of your womb) so the sperm is basically too out of reach to be rinsed out. Peeing or douching also doesn’t prevent STIs. So make sure that you use a condom instead of relying on these methods as a form of safe sex.
Myth 5: The condom, the pill and the injection are the only forms of contraceptive
Myth 6: Two condoms work best
Myth 7: The “pull out method” is a safe method of contraception
There are a few risks that come with using this method choma. One is that there is no guarantee that your partner will “pull out” and another is that your partner might still release a bit of sperm before “pulling out”. Another reason why the ‘pull out method’ isn’t something you should rely on is that fact that it not only puts you at risk of unplanned pregnancy but also of contracting STIs from your partner.
Myth 8: Contraceptives prevent STIs
The only types of contraceptives that prevent STIs are condoms. This means that you’re only protecting yourself from STIs when you use a male condom or a female condom.
Do you know anymore myths or have any questions about myths when it comes to contraceptives chomas? Let me know in the comment section.
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