Birth Control Myths

There’s a lot of misinformation, some of it intentional, about birth control methods. “Medical News Today” has a good article designed to clear the air and allow women to make choices based on facts, rather than politically-biased falsehoods. (Why does “politics” seem like a profanity these days?)

The article is at

To summarize the key points:

  • Hormonal birth control isn’t the only effective option. Devices like the IUD work extremely effectively.
  • Birth control doesn’t increase in any material way the risk of cancer, and may actually decrease the risk of certain types of cancers.
  • Natural methods can work, but they can be very difficult to implement correctly and maintain. Human errors can cause these methods to fail, and often do.
  • Birth control, including condoms, doesn’t prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Viruses can live on parts of the genital area that condoms don’t cover.
  • Hormonal birth control doesn’t cause abortion.
  • The morning after pill doesn’t cause abortion. It prevents the release of eggs. There is an “abortion pill” but it’s a different product. Antiabortion writers tend to lump stuff together inaccurately.
  • Birth control pills don’t trigger weight gain. Sorry, but that’s not a valid excuse.
  • Hormonal birth control doesn’t increase the risk of blood clots if you’re healthy and don’t smoke.

Good sex has an almost mystical quality to it and is part of the joy of being human. Don’t let these concerns subtract from the experience.

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