Fact or Fiction: Birth Control

By: Staff

Most condoms are made of sheepskin.

Latex is king in the condom world; latex condoms make up more than 99 percent of condom sales worldwide.

It's OK to use oil-based lubricants with condoms.

If you need lubricant, use one that's water-based. Oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, baby oil and hand lotion, will break down the condom.

The most common side effect of the birth control pill is lowered libido.

When you start the pill, you may experience breakthrough bleeding or spotting due to changes in hormone levels. For most women, this stops after a few months.

Even if they use the birth control pill correctly, 5 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year.

Birth control pills are extremely effective when taken correctly, which means taking the pill at the same time every day.

The birth control pill thickens cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus.

The pill works mainly by stopping ovulation, but it also prevents pregnancy by thickening cervical mucus to block sperm and by thinning the uterine lining so that a fertilized egg can't attach there.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the birth control pill in 1951.

In 1961, the FDA approved the sale of a birth control pill called Enovid; by 1963, more than 2 million women were on the pill.

NuvaRing, the birth control vaginal ring, should be left in place for three weeks.

Women who use NuvaRing place it inside their vagina for three weeks. They remove the ring for one week, and then insert another one.

You should only put the birth control patch on your stomach.

You have quite a few options of where to put the patch: buttocks, stomach, upper outer arm or upper torso.

To use the birth control patch correctly, you should change the patch every month.

The patch requires weekly upkeep. A new patch is placed on the skin once a week for three weeks in a row, while the fourth week is patch-free.

An IUD is shaped like the letter "L."

T-shaped intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for a period of several years.

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Not every sexual encounter has to end in a baby, thanks to the phenomenon of birth control. If you're sexually active, but not ready to be a mother or a father, you should protect yourself. How much do you know about your options?

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