Leading gynaecologists have debunked some of the most common myths surrounding the contraceptive pill. Despite the fact the Pill has been available to Australian women for the past 60 years, it remains shrouded in a raft of ill-formed beliefs and out-dated misconceptions. Dr José Terrón and Dr Sandra Ortega recently spoke to Vogue Australia about some of the biggest, including whether the Pill makes you gain weight or clears acne. They also revealed whether it has a direct effect on your moods and emotions. Despite the fact the Pill has been available to Australian women for the past 60 years, it remains shrouded in a raft of ill-formed beliefs and out-dated misconceptions (stock image) 1. Taking the pill means you’ll be exposed to side effects The contraceptive pill works by stopping ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary. Depending on what your doctor has prescribed, you may need to take a combined pill (one that includes oestrogen and progestogen) or a progestogen-only pill. Dr Terrón said, on the whole, most women don’t experience serious side effects. However, they might experience secondary effects. Secondary effects are listed extensively on information leaflets and can include spotting, headaches, irritability and mood swings…. Read full this story
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