We may well be into the twenty first century, but there are still many myths and taboos about all contraceptive methods, especially those that are less popular or not commonly used, like the birth control patch. This method has been surrounded by many myths that involve bad experiences, but the good news is that it is completely reliable, and it's also the most practical of all contraceptive methods: it's easy to use, it's not likely to affect your body weight or produce hormonal chances, and it is 92 % to 99% effective. Here you'll find a list of myths that people commonly tell you about the birth control patch and the true facts:
"It can produce major hormonal imbalances"
Your body can have many ways to react to hormonal contraception methods: weight gain, acne, or mood swings. Each person's body is different and reacts in many different ways, so the best thing to do is to run some test with a few different methods before you decide which one works best for you. However, research has proven that the patch is the least likely to produce these side effects because it is non-invasive.
"It's not effective”
The patch is made of a thin plastic that delivers hormones that are absorbed into the bloodstream. This provides a 92% to 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. Of course, you must use it exactly as your doctor prescribes it.
“It’s visible and it falls off”
In the past, a woman who openly accepted her sexuality would be frowned upon and criticized for promiscuity. But nowadays the situation has changed (well, kind of). There's nothing wrong with enjoying your sexual freedom, so taking care of yourself is no reason to be ashamed. Moreover, the patch won't fall if applied correctly.
“It causes infertility”
Every contraceptive method used today comes with a small dose of hormones, enough to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. To this day, no cases of infertility have been identified when suspending the use of the patch after long-term use.
"It isn't a permanent birth control method"
Any contraceptive method can be used for long periods of time, as long as you're monitored by your doctor.
Now that you know all this, don't let these myths take a hold of your sex life and make the most of it. Just remember to talk with your doctor if this is the appropriate method for you.
FPA the Sexual Health Charity UK
National Health Services Uk
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Translated by Andrea Valle