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Surprising Birth Control Facts You Don’t Want to Miss

Birth Control Facts

It’s something that we all think about, even if we don’t want to talk about it in public. But come on, you’re among friends! So here are 10 surprising birth control facts you don’t want to miss. Whether you are using pill, thinking about trying an IUD, or using a condom, these are not only interesting, but super helpful when trying to keep away from having a bun in the oven! Thanks for the knowledge and research, more folks can stay safe while having some fun under the sheets. So read on and you can thank us later!

Birth Control Facts

1 Be Aware of Sickness

Vomiting and diarrhea are already annoying, but they can decrease the efficacy of the pill.

2 You Can Still Get an STD

No baby, no problem; but the pill won’t protect you from gonorrhea and other nasty STDs!

3 Other Medications Can Interfere

Be sure to visit or at least talk to your gyno regularly, especially when you start a new medication, because you never know!

4 Just Follow the Instructions, Okay?

Planned Parenthood reports that 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant if they don’t take the pill at the same time every day.

5 What About That 1%?!

Okay, so the pill is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, but just do yourself a favor and use a condom, too!

6 More Mucus, Less Sperm

Yup, the pill helps the cervix create more mucus, which makes it harder for those swimmers to get into the uterus.

7 The Pill and the Uterus

The pill ends up thinning out the lining of a woman’s uterus, which makes it harder for eggs to attach themselves to.

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8 Stop Those Eggs!

In essence, the pill stops a woman’s eggs from leaving her ovaries, so that they don’t come into contact with any sperm floating around in there!

9 Hormones for Her

Sometimes the pill contains estrogen and progestin, and sometimes just progestin.

10 The Pill Made its Debut in the 1960s

And that hormonal contraceptive medication was the start of the women’s liberation movement.

11 The Sponge goes way back in time!

Many people opt out of using the contraceptive sponge, which is soaked and inserted inside the woman before sex. The ancient Egyptians used birth control in the form of honey and acacia leaves back in 1550 BCE. In 1909, people were using silkworm gut!

Birth Control: Everything YOU Need To Know

On this episode of the TMI Show, Torri (Parade’s Resident Health Question Guru), covers everything you need to know about birth control. Torri beaks down contraceptives, how they work, and what to expect.

Do you get overwhelmed with all the information that is out there on health and wellness topics you want to know more about? On the TMI Show, we solve that problem and bring you everything you need to know to answer the sometimes complicated, sometimes confusing, medical questions life throws our way!