Disputes and fears do not abate around combined hormonal contraceptives. Obstetrician-gynecologist Elena Leichner has denied the common myths about KOK.
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Myth 1. COC should be abolished gradually.
There is no way to phase out COCs. A pill can not be divided, crushed, broken, drunk every other day, and the like. At best, you will have a cycle and there will be bleeding, at worst, you will get an unplanned pregnancy.
Myth 2. When taking COCs, you need to take breaks to the ovaries "rest"
An artificially created cycle with a new level of accepted hormones suppresses the maturation of follicles and the production of own hormones by the ovaries. Ovaries do not rest – their function is suppressed, and forcibly. After all, they did not ask a woman to take hormones.
Myth 3. COCs treat PCOS.
If you have a true polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with persistent anovulation, so that only COCs will not cure it. KOC is needed only for a woman with PCOS to have regular menstrual bleeding, since their prolonged absence can lead to the growth of polyps in the endometrium.
PCOS – what is it? This is a complex set of symptoms due to a disorder in the structure of the ovaries. With PCOS, a certain disorder occurs in the ovaries, and some women form an advantage of androgens (they are also called “male” hormones). Of course, a woman does not turn into a man. But, as a result, the weight increases, rashes appear on the skin or the fat content of certain areas increases and significant hair growth is observed, etc.
Myth 4. COCs have an abortive effect.
Abortion is the expulsion of the attached fetal egg from the uterus. COC suppress ovulation. Therefore, there are no eggs or fetal eggs.
Proponents of this theory firmly believe that while using KOK they become pregnant. But this can occur if you take pills incorrectly, do not take into account their interactions with other drugs that weaken the contraceptive effect. Under such conditions, ovulation can be, and a woman can become pregnant.
COCs do not have an abortive effect.
Myth 5. Acceptance of COCs leads to infertility.
It is worth paying attention not only to the reception of COC, but also the existing diseases – PCOS, problems with ovulation, the uterus, and the like.
If you drank the drug for a long time – 3-5 years or more, then your body will recover for a long time – up to a year. This is also spelled out in the COC manual. But if you want to get pregnant immediately after the cancellation of KOK immediately, it is simply impossible.
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