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I’m going to try to record my video on birth control myths sometime this week. If you have any myths in general on birth control or a specific type of birth control that I should include let me know.
I’m going to be covering both types of the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot, the implant, emergency contraception, and the IUD.
I’ll do other videos for condoms, spermicides, withdrawal, and fertility awareness. (which you are free to give input about now, I just don’t know when I’ll get around to that.
Some BC facts
The patch delivers 60% more estrogen than the typical combination birth control pill. This makes it a good option for people who need a higher dose contraceptive.
The vaginal ring contains the lowest dose of estrogen available which makes it a good option for people who need a low dose contraceptive. Because it has less estrogen it has less reports of the most common side effects of combination birth control like nausea or spotting.
I’m thinking that in my planned series of “Sex Education Myths” video the easiest wold actually be the Birth Control myth video.
I could do it to celebrate getting 23,000 followers!
I’ll try to get that up in the next week or so.
Send in your favorite/most hated myths about birth control and it may make it into the video!
Misconceptions about the Pill
Some misconceptions about the pill need to be corrected. It DOES NOT:
- Build up in a person’s body. People do not need a rest from taking COCs; they can be used continuously*
- Make a person infertile
- Cause multiple births or birth defects
- Change a person’s sexual behavior
- Collect in the stomach. (In fact, the pill dissolves each day.)
- Disrupt an existing pregnancy
- Cause Breast Cancer (in fact it reduces the chance of getting multiple cancers)
*In fact, taking a rest from OCs can increase the risk of ovulation and pregnancy. OCs can be used safely for many years without having to stop taking them periodically
I’ve learned about some more forms of birth control not found in the US
Have any of my international followers tried Noristerat or Jadelle?
Noristerat is a progestin only shot that lasts for two months.
There are also many combination hormonal shots, Cyclofem, Novafem, Mesigyna, and Cyclo-Provera. They each last about a month. If any of you have tried them let me know.
There is also a lower dose progestin only shot, epo-subQ provera 104 which is injected into the skin rather than the muscle.
Jadelle is a Progestin only implant effective for five years.
There’s also a few IUDs that are available in other countries, namely Gynefix (copper, non hormonal)
Emergency contraception include Progestin only
- evonelle (in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy)
- NorLevo (in 45 nations including France, much of Western Europe, India, and some countries in Africa and Asia)
- Postinor (in 57 nations including much of Eastern Europe, Mexico, a number other Latin American countries, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore)
- Combined or Yuzpe Regimen: Uses a combination of estrogen and progestin, taken as two doses at a 12-hour interval.
I don’t know if it’s just because I’m internet searching in the U.S. or what but I can’t find a lot of information about these forms of birth control.
If you know of any that I don’t have any posts on and you’ve been on them, share your experiences! Also, if you have any resources send them my way.
According to WHO guidelines, trained nurses, midwives, and public health workers can provide contraceptive methods like condoms, spermicides, the pill, the patch, the ring, and the contraceptive shot.
Also in order to get any form of birth control (besides the IUD) you should not need a pelvic exam.
You should not be required to wait for your period to start a method, you should not be refused the IUD if you have never had children or are still a teenager or have never had intercourse.
I really would like to see the statistics on how many providers needlessly regulate birth control and other family planning methods which can provide barriers for people to get access. I’d also like to see how many non-doctor providers are out there and the way they become providers without the resources some doctors and health clinics have.
I love hearing about new forms of contraception and pregnancy prevention.
I’ve posted about the new condoms for the vagina, penis and anus. There’s also research by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation on new condoms, the contraceptive shot and more methods being developed for people Designated the Male Sex at Birth. There’s also a new vaginal ring effective for a year currently in development. Work is also being made to make injection-based methods of birth control like Depo Provera available for home use injections. There’s the new smaller IUD Skyla that is currently on the market. Implanon has been replaced by Nexplanon in the U.S. what birth control updates are you hopeful for?
I for one would like some more options for larger people, especially emergency contraception.
Some statistics from the World Health Organization.
- The lifetime risk of death for a non-smoker using oral contraceptives is 1 in 66,700. The risk for a non-smoker using oral contraceptives, who is less than 35 years, is 1 in 200,000.
- The lifetime risk of death from driving a motorcycle in the US is 1 in 1,000, and the risk from driving an automobile in the US is 1 in 5,900.
According to the World Health Organization, 54% of people who got an abortion in 2000 were using a method of birth control in the month they became pregnant.
It may be that they didn’t use the method the time that conceived, or that they were using the method incorrectly. They may think they may not be able to get pregnant and take unnecessary risks, run out of supplies, are having a problem with the method, do not expect to have sex, or be raped.
The most common reason for inconcentant use because of fears or concerns about common non-harmful side effects.