TOP 20 CONTRACEPTION MYTHS
There are a number of contraception myths that are confusing and do a good job of turning you off finding the best method of contraception for your birth control needs.
We hope the myths and facts below set the record straight on contraception once and for all!
By being in control of your fertility, you can avoid any unplanned surprises and, when you’re ready, choose the timing, spacing and size of your family. To explore contraception methods that best suit your life stage, read through our contraception info section or take the free printable survey to your Doctor for advice.
> 10. MYTH: IF YOU HAVE SEX WHILE TAKING THE SUGAR PILLS YOU WON'T GET PREGNANT
10. Myth: If you have sex while taking the sugar pills you won't get pregnant
Provided your hormone pills (also known as “active pills”) are taken correctly, you are still protected from pregnancy when you are taking the sugar pills. However if you haven’t taken the hormone pills correctly (i.e. you have missed a day) you may not be protected and therefore it is possible for you to fall pregnant.
If you think you have missed a pill, taken a pill late, vomited a pill or have had diarrhoea during your cycle, make sure you use another form of contraception, such as a condom for seven days. If you have less than seven hormonal pills left in your packet, do not take the ‘sugar’ pills. Instead go straight onto the hormonal pills in a new packet. Your period will be delayed until the next set of sugar pills.
If you'd like to have a chat to an expert about contraception, give Marie Stopes International a call on 1800 772 727 or talk to your GP
IMP-10-AUS-6860-PE First issued December 2010