We live in an age where ‘birth control’ or ‘contraception’ is no longer taboo. Yes, we may not still talk about it openly at the dinner table, but we have meaningful conversations about sex when the kids in our family hit puberty Now, let’s take a look at five facts about birth control that may still surprise you:
There are more than 15 types of birth control methods available
Long gone are the days when celibacy and withdrawal was the only thing we understood when we said ‘birth control’. Today, we have 19 birth control methods catering to the needs of millions of sexually active individuals who do not want a baby. Ranging from emergency contraception methods such as the Unwanted 72 pill, which needs to be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected vaginal intercourse, to permanent birth control methods such as vasectomy and tubectomy.
Birth control methods are more accessible than you would think
Just head to the corner chemist, and you will find different types of condoms and birth control pills available. More and more governments have started spreading awareness about birth planning which has directly resulted in more access and availability of birth control options to those who need it.
Birth control pills can be used to reduce the risk of some cancers
There is significant research into how being on a birth control pill can reduce your risk of getting ovarian and/or endometrial cancer. If you have a family history of cancer, it might be a good idea to explore taking birth control pills to reduce the risk of getting it. However, consult your doctor before you start taking the pills.
Birth control pills help with other health conditions
There are regular types of birth control pills like Unwanted 21, where the person has to take one pill each day for 21 days, followed by their period, and then begin a new pack of pills. This can help with PMS and even regulate your period. If you have irregular periods, getting on the pill can help increase your chances of getting your period after taking the 21-day dose. The hormonal birth control pill also helps to make your period lighter. This can help prevent anaemia as many menstruating people can get anaemic due to heavy blood loss during their period.
Getting pregnant is not difficult after stopping birth control
Of course, we don’t mean the permanent birth control method such as tubectomy or vasectomy. Many people mistakenly think that it can be challenging to get pregnant once you get off your chosen birth control. However, the fact is that with most birth control methods, including the birth control pill, you can get pregnant immediately after stopping the pill. With barrier methods such as a dental dam, condom, or birth control sponge, all you need to do is to stop using them during penetrative sex to try to get pregnant.