One of the most common myths about the pill is that it makes you gain weight. Modern pills contain much less hormone, which makes this much less likely. Where weight-gain does happen, sometimes changing brands can help.
Many women believe that you need to give your body a break from taking the pill.
This is not true. There is no reason for a woman to take a break from the pill. In fact as side effects usually occur in the first few months of the pill's use, women stopping and restarting the pill have a greater chance of experiencing these side effects again.
This is just not true, although the morning-after pill should only be used in times of real emergency and not as your day-to-day method of preventing pregnancy. It is not as effective as other types of contraception and is only intended as a back-up.
This is also untrue. The pill does not affect your ability to become pregnant after stopping it. Research has shown that there's no medical reason for stopping and restarting. It’s a truly reversible method of contraception, as many women will testify who have taken it long-term and then come off it to become pregnant.
In addition to contraception, the pill has other benefits such as decreased period pain & heavy periods, and a reduced risk of recurring ovarian cysts. In additional some versions of the pill offer additional benefits, including easing PMS-like symptoms, less water retention and reducing oily skin.
Pregnancy occurs when the sperm from a man fertilizes the egg from a woman. It is not necessary for the woman to have an orgasm to get pregnant. A woman of childbearing age usually releases an egg each month as part of her regular menstrual cycle. This occurs whether or not the woman has sex or an orgasm.
10 interesting statistics
The following statistics come from a pan-European study on contraception.*
Currently the most widely used contraceptive method in Europe is the pill with 24% followed by the male condom with 23%.
23% of women in Europe of fertile age are currently not using a contraceptive method at all.
The average age for first time sex is 18 years of age in Europe.
Condoms are the most popular contraceptive method for first time use with 45% of women opting to use them.
35% of women opt for the pill for first time contraception use, with a staggering 12% of women in Europe using the withdrawal methods for first time contraception.
One third of all women in Europe have not seen a healthcare professional in the last 12 months to talk about contraceptive advice or to review their contraceptive method.
Three quarters of women chose long acting reversible contraception (LARC) rather than short acting contraception, in a recent study when 9,256 women were given full information and counselling on all types of contraception.1
Approximately 60% of women on the pill do not take it properly.2
Women miss an average of 2-3 pills per month, which can obviously lead to unintended pregnancies.2
79% of women in Ireland are not aware of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCs) even though they are one of the most effective types of contraception; you do not have to take them every day and they are highly regarded by doctors and nurses.3