Contraception myths alive and well

Unsafe and unproven contraceptive methods might still be used in UK

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Myths about contraception still exist in the UK, a survey of 1,000 women aged 18-50 has found, reports the BBC.

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One in five women said they’d heard of kitchen items being used as barrier contraception – we’re talking bread, cling film and chicken skin!

Kebabs, Coca-Cola and crisps could be used as oral contraceptives, other women who took part in the survey by Bayer Schering Pharma had heard.

In regardless to the Pill, with one in 10 women believe that it always takes a number of years for fertility to come back once they stop taking the pill. Some women even thought oral contraceptive pills could prevent HIV.

“It is not surprising, given that Britain continues to have the highest unintended pregnancy rate in Europe,” Dr Annie Evans, Women’s Health Specialist at the Bristol Sexual Health Centre, said.

“I’ve had complications with patients over the years that have concerned me,” said Professor Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, “The more we can put appropriate information to the public about the availability of different methods of contraception, about their advantages and disadvantages, the better.”

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