Debunking misconceptions surrounding family planning

Debunking misconceptions surrounding family planning

Misconceptions are specific and popular opinions or beliefs that are either false or have no evidence of certainty.

The Misconceptions or myths surrounding family planning has long been outlined as an important factor that influences a family's decision, whether to accept or continue with any form of birth control. These myths are becoming so prevalent within communities, there by giving rise to fear of method use.

The superstitions about contraception varies, depending on environment and other factors. Some of the conspicuous ones are:

Birth control causes infertility:

Rumour has it that it is always increasingly difficult to get pregnant after you're off the method use.

Contradictory to this prevalent belief, birth control has no counteractive impact of the fertility of women.

This belief is fueled with the fact that there might be a slight delay in the return of your ovulation and menses, especially after a prolonged use of birth control.

No permanent harm is done, as you would become pregnant as soon as the ovulation resumes. Scientific study and research has shown that infertility is never a side effect of birth control.

Birth control leads to Cancer

Most contraceptive methods affect the body's hormones and since cancer such as that of the breast are related to hormones, this myth has been a serious cause of concern to many women.

A research conducted by Harvard medical school has shown that women using or women who have used contraceptive methods should not be worried.

The risk of developing any form of cancer as a result of contraceptives is drastically low. The risk this women face is just the same as women who have not used any form of contraception at all.


Correcting these wrong ideas has become a significant hurdle for family planning providers.

To dispel these misconceptions, persistent educational programs should be organized to enlighten the community. Training should be put in place for family planning providers. Providers should offer supportive counseling and a wide range birth control methods.

All approaches taken by providers should be focused on eliminating the concerns about the side effects of birth control.





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