Pills and Myths

Myths have surrounded pills since they were first introduced to the market. Due to the lack of information and awareness around pills, as a contraceptive method, many women fail to use them. Perhaps this misunderstanding is the result of confused messages conveyed by many medical companies in order to make their brand more effective than others.

It is critical to educate women about pills and explain their benefits as well as potential side effects in order to eliminate any myths about this contraceptive method. Here is a list of information you need to know about:

Weight gain: Women's weight gain is frequently associated with the use of pills. However, there is no scientific evidence linking the use of hormonal pills to weight gain. Bloating is usually caused by the estrogen hormone contained in the pill, which can be eliminated by taking pills with a low Estrogen concentration. In addition, during the second phase of the cycle, women tend to retain water, which contributes to the inflated feeling. You can also use a non-hormonal birth control, such as a copper IUD.

Fertility problems: Some people believe that taking pills for an extended period of time will impair your fertility. There is no link between birth control pills and infertility. After you stop taking the pill, your cycle will return to normal. On the contrary, all doctors advise women not to skip any pills during their cycle because it may result in pregnancy.

Pills can cause cancer: Women who take pills for more than 5 years are protected from certain types of ovarian cancer, according to new research. Furthermore, studies have shown that the longer your ovaries are inactive, the less cell division that characterizes cancer occurs. Furthermore, the effect of estrogen-containing birth control pills on breast cancer risk is unknown; however, when the pills are stopped, the risk of breast cancer returns to about the same level as in women who have never used birth control pills. Long-term use of estrogen-containing birth control pills has also been linked to an increased risk of cervical cancer. The higher the risk, the longer you take the pills. However, once you stop taking the pills, your risk of developing cervical cancer begins to decrease. Some birth control methods, such as the patch, ring, and IUD, have been shown to lower the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.

All pills are the same: There are many different types of pills available. Fortunately, they may be classified into the following groups:

  • Pills containing both estrogen and progestin
  • Minipills - They only contain progestin.

In most cases, a pill pack will contain 21 active tablets and seven inactive pills. When you take the inactive pills, you will experience bleeding. The hormone dose in the active pills might remain constant or change throughout the cycle, resulting in two categories:

  • Monophasic. Each active tablet in this type contains the same quantity of estrogen and progestin
  • Multiphasic. The levels of hormones in active pills vary with this type of pill.

You have to take a break once in a time: You can take the pills for 15 years without stopping. However, doctors may recommend blood tests every year to ensure that you are in good health.

Pills are used for contraceptive reason only: Pills are used in a variety of medical treatments, including acne, excessive facial and body hair, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, period regulation, menstrual cramp relief, and pelvic inflammatory disease.