How much do you know about Birth Control pills? Test your knowledge here. There is so much misinformation out there, I just wanted to take a few moments to dispell some myths:
1. Fact or Fiction: If a woman takes birth control pills every month and has a period every month, it means she is fertile.
FICTION! Just because you have a period while on birth control does not mean that when you stop the pill that your periods will be regular. I have had a number of patients under the impression that periods while taking birth control pills has some sort of relationship to fertility. This is untrue. Even a menopausal woman can take birth control pills and have periods. A woman with absent ovaries can also take pills and have periods. Whether you have periods or not on birth control does not a relationship with your fertility.
2. If a woman takes birth control pills, she needs to be off of them the same period of time to let them wash out of her system:
FICTION! Birth control pills are out of your system rapidly, that’s why you have to take them daily. There’s no such thing as giving your body a break off of pills before trying to get pregnant. If you’re having irregular cycles after you stop your pills, it has nothing to do with being on the pill. See your ObGyn or local fertility specialist.
3. Taking birth control pills before trying to conceive causes birth defects so you need to stop them for awhile before trying to conceive.
FICTION! Bith control pills prior to conceiving do not cause birth defects.
So if you’re on birth control pills and you’re thinking about stopping in order to start making a baby, talk to your doctor about any rumors you’ve heard so you go into baby making fully informed.