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The birth control pill is better than you think The most persistent myth about the pill is that it will make you gain weight. “Many studies have disproved this,” Dr Brauer says. Some high-oestrogen pills can increase hunger, but most women take lower dosages today. Another misconception is that the pill can cause breast cancer. “Some studies observe very small increases,” Dr Brauer says. But once women stop taking the pill, the increased risk seems to disappear. Plus, the pill has been shown to reduce the odds of endometrial and ovarian cancers. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.
There’s a simple way to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) Skip cranberry juice. Studies about its usefulness for UTIs are conflicting, Dr Brauer says. The key is drinking enough water and other beverages. Women who increased their total fluid intake to about three litres per day were half as likely to get UTIs as others, a study found. The extra liquid means fluid is constantly moving through the bladder, keeping bacterial growth at bay.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are an excellent form of birth control IUDs are super-effective, Dr Brauer says. The failure rate is under 1 per cent, compared with 9 per cent for the pill and 18 per cent for male condoms. Once an IUD is inserted, it prevents pregnancy for three to 10 years, depending on the type, with little room for user error. There are different sizes as well as hormonal and non-hormonal options, so you can find one that’s best for you.
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