The birth control pill has been around for decades and despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear rumors and myths about possible side effects of taking the pill. Some of the more common myths about the pill include the following (click for the facts):
- I am going to gain weight
- Birth control pills cause infertility when taken for long periods
- The pill causes cancer
- I’ll need to take a break every once in a while
- Giving my child the pill is the same as telling her she can have sex
There are plenty of myths circulating about the pill, but most are completely unfounded and untrue. Talk with your prescribing physician about the risks and benefits of taking the pill, including short-term use, long-term use and taking a break from the pill.