World Population Day is an annual event that aims at increasing the awareness about global population and the things that we can do to help control the rising numbers. World Population Day 2017 falls on July 11.One particularly important aspect of controlling the world population has to be the use of birth control methods. Birth control techniques range from the famous pill that is taken by a vast majority, to the invasive methods of intrauterine contraceptive (IUD), cervical cup, etc. While there are various methods of birth control, many are still skeptical of using these methods owing to the myths and rumours that come attached to the birth control techniques. World Population Day Quotes & Slogans: Best Sayings on Overpopulation to Read on World Population 2017.

The world population reached 7,400,000,000 on February 6, 2016, and is increasing at an alarming rate. one of the best ways to control this rise is by turning to birth control and controlling the size of the families that we have. When it comes to birth control, the myths attached to the techniques of birth control range from a simple misconception of what works best to false claims of how the birth control devices harm the human body and reduce the chances of fertility. It is mainly due to such myths that people still think twice before turning to birth control and increase the chances of an unplanned pregnancy. As we celebrate World Population Day 2017, here is a fact check on 7 myths that are associated with birth control techniques!

1. Being on Birth Control reduces fertility rate

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This is one of the major myths associated with birth control techniques that have made people sceptical about the use of this scientifically tested way of controlling the population and promoting planned pregnancy. While there are no researches that prove that the use of birth control directly affects the fertility rate, the reason this myth is believed is that many people have problems conceiving as the stop birth control at an older age. The fertility rate is hugely affected by the age of the person trying to conceive, so while having birth control pills or using other techniques will not affect your fertility rate, conceiving a baby at the age of 40 may not be as easy as it is earlier.

2. Birth Control Pills need to be taken at the same time

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People who are on the pill often feel nervous having missed the time that they took their pill as they fear that not taking the pill at the same time will affect the bodily functions. However, according to the instructions on the pills as well as various research reports, the time when the pill is taken is not really important. The key to making birth control pills work is to take the pills every single day. The only pill which is sensitive to time is progestin-only minipill, which is an estrogen-free option. This minipill needs to be taken at the same time every single day. All other birth control pills just need to be taken once a day.

3. Stop using birth control months before you want to get pregnant

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Many believe that the birth control pills and other techniques take months for their effect wear out. However, in reality, the birth control pills effects wear out in a day or so in most cases. Therefore it is absolutely normal to try to get pregnant immediate after stopping birth control. The only time when women decide to stop birth control in advance is if you want to begin the ovulating regularly, the time for which varies from person to person. The one exception to this rule is the birth control shot which can take up to 10 months to wear off. While it sometimes takes a longer period for women to go back into the ovulation cycle, researchers show that most people are back to normal by 12 months.

4. Pulling out is the same as birth control

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Who needs a condom or the pill when you can time your intercourse and pull out before ejaculation right? WRONG! The risk of pulling out is way higher that using a condom or birth control pills. While condoms have a 98% efficiency rate (read the label) and birth control pills are almost 99% effective, the failure rate of ‘pulling out’ is 4% with perfect use and 22% with typical use! As these methods involve trusting the man to remove the penis at a crucial point, it is not the best of options, and it does not protect you from the sexually transmitted disease.

5. Birth Control pills make you gain weight

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There is no concrete proof that birth control pills all result in weight gain. However, the chances of weight gain may vary as per the prescriptions used. In 2011, researchers at the Cochran Database System Review analysed 49 studies that compared a variety of birth control methods with placebos and found no evidence that birth control causes weight gain. However, there is a few reports that specific birth control combination may result in weight gain and this is the reason that the best way to chose a birth control option is by talking to a doctor about it.

6. IUDs are only for those who have had children

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The fear and myths associated with IUD are much higher mainly because of its invasive method. However, anyone who is looking or an absolutely safe and effective method of birth control can opt to have an IUD. While some IUDs like Mirena and ParaGuard are generally recommended for women who have had kids, there are IUDs available for anyone looking to not get pregnant. The reason why some IUDs are best for women who have had children is that the cervix and uterus are slightly larger after giving birth and makes the process much more comfortable.

7. Condoms diminishes the pleasure

Reality check: Both men and women enjoy sex equally with or without a condom. According to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, using a condom does not reduce the pleasure for men or women in any way. The reason that this myth gained popularity was that many were uncomfortable with using condoms. In fact, according to reports, condoms can actually help increase the fun in any sexual relationship and a safe way of avoiding pregnancy as well as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Now that we have debunked some of the most common myths about the use of birth control, we can truly follow these steps to follow a healthy and easy birth control procedure and help control the world population. Another important thing to remember is that even though a woman may be using birth control techniques, using a condom is always advisable as the cap not only helps in reducing the chances of pregnancy but also promotes safe sex and prevents the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Here is wishing everyone a very Happy World Population Day!