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Combined hormonal contraception

Myths & Facts About Hormonal Contraception

A woman should take breaks from taking hormonal contraceptives so her body can ‘get back to normal.’
Hormonal contraception disrupts the normal cycle of a woman’s body.

Allowing your hormones to stabilize is a good reason to use hormonal contraception

  • Long term, continuous use of hormonal contraception has distinct benefit1
    • Effective, continuous pregnancy prevention
    • Decreased risk of ovarian cancer, even after cessation of using hormonal contraception
  • Side effects of hormonal contraceptives are transient and for most women improve in 3 cycles
    • One study showed that the side effects actually increase during a ‘break’ in use2

1 Guillebaud J. Contraception: Your Questions Answered. 5ed. London, England: Churchill Livingstone; 2009
2 Sulak PJ, Scow RD, Preece C, Riggs MW, Kuehl TJ. Hormone withdrawal symptoms in oral contraceptive users. Obstet Gynec. 200:95(2);261-266.

An abortion is safer than taking hormones every day

Hormonal contraceptives are safer than an abortion

  • Hormonal contraceptives are the most extensively studied medicine in the history of medicine
  • 1 in 4 abortions are unsafe, resulting in temporary or permanent disability due to complications1
  • Unsafe abortions account for1:
    • 3% of maternal deaths, and
    • 20% of the overall burden of maternal death and long term disability

1 Hatcher RA, Trussel J, Nelson AL, Cates W Jr., Stewart F, Kowal D. Contraceptive Technology. 19th ed. New York, NY: Ardent Media; 2007

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