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10 Birth Control Myths, Busted

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According to the Guttmarcher Institute, approximately 62 million american women in their childbearing years (between the ages of 15– and 44-years old). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control claim that, if you’re a women who is sexually active, the most effective way to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy is to use a consistent and effective birth control contraceptive method.

When it comes to effectively using birth control, it’s vital to get your facts straight before you end up with an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. That’s why we’re busting the ten most commonly spread birth control myths…

 

1. Birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer

According to reports by the National Cancer Institute, when it comes to using oral contraceptives (the birth control pill) and and increased risk of cancer, most recent studies show that’s not the case. For instance, studies show that women taking oral contraceptives actually have a reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and this protection increases as pill use duration increases. Studies also show that oral contraceptive use doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of cervical cancer when you consider that sexually active women, in general, have a higher risk of contracting human papillomavirus, which can lead to cervical cancer.

Although some studies suggest that there may be a slight link between the pill and breast cancer among younger women–they also prove that once you discontinue use of birth control pills for 10 or more years, that slight risk returns to normal. The National Cancer Institute claims that the link between oral contraceptives and malignant liver tumors is also unproven. So although breast cancer can develop due to hormones, the studies clear birth control pills of being a direct cancer causer.

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