For some women, a friend’s bad experience or scary stories on the internet may convince them that birth control isn’t a good thing. The truth? A lot of the myths you hear about birth control are just that, myths. We’re here to get to the bottom of the most common rumors, once and for all!
1. It’s going to make me fat!
It’s been a longtime rumor that the hormones in modern birth control methods will make you gain the extra pounds. Scientific research has proven that there isn’t any correlation between birth control use and weight gain. However with that being said, the Depo-Provera birth control shot may cause weight gain as a side effect. If you are at all concerned about gaining weight from the added hormones, talk to your doctor about a different method such as the ring, Nexplanon, or an IUD.
2. They all have hormones
Some women can’t have added estrogen, or any hormones, in their body for a variety of reasons. Presently, there are many methods available that are estrogen-free (Skyla, Mirena, Nexplanon, and the “mini pill”), or hormone-free (Paragard IUD).
3. I don’t have sex enough, what would I need birth control for?!
Even if you aren’t currently having sex regularly, you can still enjoy the many great benefits from going on to birth control!
- Nexplanon, Mirena, Skyla, and birth control pills can all be used to lighten, or completely stop, your menstrual cycle and treat symptoms of PMSD.
- Combination birth control pills that contain both progestin and estrogen can help to clear up any acne because it suppresses the hormone testosterone.
- You can use the ring, patch, or birth control pills to manipulate your period. Going on vacation or have a special day coming up? Just continue on to your next pack and skip your period for this month.
4. It’s so inconvenient
Sick of continuously filling prescriptions or remembering to take your birth control?
- At FPA, you can get 13 months of birth control in one office visit.
- With the Depo-Provera shot, you only need to come in every 3 months.
- Don’t worry about literally anything for at least 3 years with Nexplanon or an IUD.
5. I can’t afford it, it’s so expensive!
Under the ACA (Affordable Care Act), a majority of birth control methods are now covered under your insurance! This includes birth control pills, the ring, the patch, IUDs, and the Nexplanon implant. For those worried about the cost, or are currently uninsured, we may be able to help if you
- Are a California resident
- Have no other health coverage that covers it
- Meet specific income requirements
The Family PACT card and MediCAL both cover all of the birth control methods with little to no-money out of your pocket. Check with us if you if you have any questions about your insurance coverage and prices.