Jenny was eight months old when Diana found herself pregnant. She was not ready for another child but with no birth control measure this was very likely to happen. Diana did not take birth control pills since she had been told that it leads to infertility and in some rare cases cancer.

This is not a rare case. Many women land up with unwanted pregnancies due to all the myths surrounding birth control and pregnancy. Here we will try to clear the fog and see through some of these myths.

Myth 1: Oral Contraceptives cause infertility, obesity, and cancer

Fact: Contraceptive pills consist of a combination of progesterone and estrogen hormones. These pills work by stopping ovulation but do not interfere with an existing pregnancy. There has been no concrete proof of the fact that the pills can cause infertility, cancer, or obesity.

It is possible to get pregnant one month after you stop the pills. Doctors may advice to wait for a couple of months after stopping the pills. This is not because you cannot conceive but it is help you get familiar with your post pill menstrual cycle.

Myth 2: Emergency pills can replace the regular pills

Fact: As the name suggests these pills are only meant for those ‘emergency’ situations. It is not a good idea to take these emergency pills too often since they contain high levels of progesterone. Frequent consumption of these pills can lead to abdominal pain, fatigue, breast tenderness and may also interfere with the menstrual cycle.

Myth 3: It is not possible to get pregnant when breast feeding

Fact: To some extent it is true that breast feeding inhibits ovulation but it is not 100 percent sure. There are chances of getting pregnant and the chances increase once your child moves on to other forms of diet.

Myth 4: A condom, if unopened, will last forever

Fact: Check the packaging of the condom. It will have an expiry date which means that it does not last forever. Do not use an expired condom.

Myth 5: It is not possible to get pregnant the first time you have sex

Fact: You can get pregnant anytime from the time you start ovulating, in fact even before your first period. This is because you will ovulate about 10-14 days before your first period starts.

Myth 6: It is not possible to get pregnant if you have sex during periods

Fact: Periods means no ovulation. A sperm can live within a woman’s body for up to five days. In case you have irregular periods and ovulate during this time it is quite possible for you to get pregnant.

Planning or not planning a pregnancy hardly matters when it comes to getting the facts cleared. It is always better be aware than live with question marks.