Even if you take the pills yourself, separating the truth from the nonsense can be difficult. Here are the top myths about the pills in the Philippines.
Myth #1 The pill makes you gain weight.
Studies have proven that the modern pills generally do NOT cause weight gain. Those who still believe that weight gain is a “side effect” of the pills definitely need to get updated!
Even if it’s not supported by science or research, then how come this rumor lives on? One of the reasons could possibly be because formulas in the past made people feel bloated, which contained higher levels of hormones compared to the modern versions. Weight gain could also be caused by age—it’s normal for humans to gain weight as they get older, with about one to two pounds every year on average as you age.
Although research shows that women taking pills generally don’t gain more weight than those who do not, reactions and effects may still differ for each person. You know your body better than anyone else, so don’t use a contraceptive method that you’re not comfortable with. Consult with your healthcare provider about other options for contraception.
Myth #2 The pill causes cancer.
This is definitely the scariest rumor about the pill. Choosing between preventing pregnancy and protecting your long-term health can be terrifying—good thing this rumor isn’t true! The pill does NOT cause cancer, and it can also decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Breast cancer or brain cancer are not directly caused by the pills, while having taken the pill in the past lowers the chances of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer from developing.
Myth #3 The pill makes you infertile.
This rumor is absolutely false, and dangerous. This may lead people to think that there’s a “grace period” in getting pregnant even though they’ve stopped taking pills.
Several researches have already proven that pills don’t affect fertility. Unless you’re using another type of contraception, your ability to get pregnant returns almost immediately after you stop taking the pill. Even if you take the pills continuously without a break for periods, your menstruation returns on average 32 days after stopping the pill.
Myth #4 The pill causes abortions.
With the constant debate over abortion and contraception, people get the idea that the pills can result in an abortion if taken by a pregnant woman.
The pills do NOT cause an abortion, and do NOT affect how a fetus develops if taken by a pregnant woman. Once an egg cell is fertilized and implanted in the uterus, the pills do not affect the pregnancy—it will not be harmed nor aborted.