When it comes to women’s health, there’s no shortage of information available. And whether you get your information from your favorite magazine, online blog, best friend, or close family member, it’s likely you’ve received some misinformation before—or believe something you shouldn’t.
Our providers have heard some pretty crazy health myths over the years, so it’s time to set the record straight. Here are five common misconceptions we hear at Garrison.
MYTH 1: IUDs are only for women who have had children.
IUDs are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and all forms of IUDs can be placed in women who have not had children. IUDs have very minimal side effects and are the most preferred form of birth control by doctors.
MYTH 2: The pill will cause weight gain.
When it comes to oral contraceptives, we often hear about hesitations surrounding weight gain. Despite common belief, research shows this is false. Many studies, including an analysis published in the Cochran Database System Review, found no evidence of weight gain attributed to contraceptives.
MYTH 3: I don't need the HPV vaccine.
HPV vaccines protect against HPV-linked cancers and genital warts in both males and females. The vaccine has been proven to be safe, with more than 80 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given in the U.S. with no serious problems.
MYTH 4: Urinary leakage is inevitable with age.
Urinary incontinence should not necessarily be associated with aging. Many women can be cured of bladder control problems with very simple lifestyle adjustments, physical therapy, medications, and non-surgical treatments.
MYTH 5: Coitus interruptus is a reliable form of birth control.
This is, in fact, a VERY unreliable form of preventing pregnancy. This method takes self-control and can fail when the pre-ejaculation fluid contains sperm.
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