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15 Surprising Facts About Birth Control

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1. Birth control pills affect your sense of smell, which can ultimately impact who you're attracted to.

2. It’s not unhealthy to skip your period due to birth control.

3. Ninety-five percent of pregnancies happen because of people being inconsistent with birth control.

(Such as not taking the pill at the same time every day.)

4. You can take a contraceptive shot that lasts three months and is effective as the pill.

5. And IUDs are the most effective form of birth control.

6. It's a myth that the pill makes you gain weight.

7. It is also a myth that taking the pill for a long time is bad for you or will make you infertile.

8. The male version of the birth control pill is "on the way."

9. You can get protected from pregnancy up to five days after sex with Plan B or another brand.

10. The first condoms appeared in 3,000 B.C.

11. And the first birth control clinic in the U.S. was opened by Margaret Sanger in 1916.

12. The pill was introduced by a devout Catholic doctor.

John Rock saw contraceptives as a way of fighting poverty and making marriages last longer via healthy sex lives.

13. Los Angeles County’s film permits for pornography dropped 95% in 2013 because of Measure B, which states that all male actors must wear condoms.

14. Birth control pills have caused some water pollution.

15. But the pill also has a lot of healthy side effects, like lowering the risks for ovarian and uterine cancer.

Other benefits include: regulating your menstrual cycle, reducing the risk for multiple sclerosis, lessening PMS symptoms, helping with female pattern baldness, and even treating bulimia.