Birth Control-Urban Legends
1. If I am on birth control pills, I have to finish the pack before starting a new form of birth control. This is not true. It is possible to change your birth control at any time during the pack of the month. When beginning a new pack of pills though, it is necessary to always start with the first pill in the pack.
2. I had a lot of side effects with one type of birth control pill, so I won’t be able to use any form of birth control. This is a popular myth and so untrue! There are many variations of birth control and it is possible that there is a particular combination that works best for you. Finding the right birth control can sometimes be trial and error.
3. I have to wait to get my period before switching birth control methods. This is a common myth.
Switching birth control methods will often cause temporary changes in your menstrual cycle and the timing of your period. It is not necessary to wait for your period to start a new birth control method or to stop the old one. This can be done at any time.
4. When switching from the birth control pill to the Depo shot, as long as I get the shot the day I stop my pills, I won’t get pregnant. This is untrue. It is necessary to get the Depo shot seven days before stopping birth control pills for it to be effective immediately.
5. All types of birth control can prevent sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STI). This is not true. The only form of birth control that is proven effective in preventing the transmission of most STDs and STIs is the condom. It is always best to use a condom when you have sex.