Ten Contraceptive Myths, Debunked

Joe Veix

The Mirror tackles the top ten contraceptive myths -- some obvious, others less so.

Over at the Mirror, Miriam Stoppard has a list of ten contraceptive myths. The list of what she considers to be the most "misleading and dangerous" is included at the bottom of the article.

Some of the myths are common sense, such as myth ten, "Two condoms are safer than one," or myth four, "The morning-after pill has to be used the next day." Confusion over the latter is sort of understandable, as its name might imply usage. Calling it only emergency contraception may avoid the propagation of this myth.

It’s important to remember that, although obvious to most of us, to someone a little less informed, who might not have the benefit of sex-ed in their school, discussing and debunking these myths is remarkably helpful and important.

Here’s an abridged version, without Stoppard’s commentary:

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10 Contraceptive Myths:

1 You can’t get pregnant if the man hasn’t ejaculated
You can only get pregnant mid-cycle
You can’t get pregnant if you’re breastfeeding
The morning-after pill has to be used the next day
Hormonal contraceptives can reduce fertility
You need a break from the Pill or patch
The Pill makes you fat
The implant moves around the body
Only mums can use an IUS or IUD
Two condoms are safer than one

Are there any she missed, that we could add to the list?


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