Y’know, fuck that “rape detection” nail polish.
I keep thinking about it, and the more I do the more irritated I am. It’s a very cool invention...
Short answer—other than sterilization, NO birth control method leads to infertility!!! Not IUDs, not the pill, not the ring…
That also means that if you’re on birth control and you stop using your method, you should assume you’re at risk of pregnancy. It’s that simple. Some methods, like the shot, can have a delayed return to fertility for some women. Even so, you can’t trust you’ll be one of those women. And with most methods you return to full fertility right away. No ‘grace period’!
This is about science. It’s about birth control. And it’s about why a forum on Yahoo! Answers, a friend or two sharing their own experiences with a birth control method, or any intuitive feelings you may have about the effectiveness or safety of a birth control method just does not carry the same weight in terms of reliability that broad, peer-reviewed studies do.
Birth control methods, especially those that involve some type medication or device — rather than those only based on behaviors, like withdrawal — are studied via the scientific method. You can read all about the specifics of that method and how it works here.
The upshot of that article, for our purposes, is that there is a methodical and specific process, one based on tangible, documented facts and outcomes, that’s involved in figuring out how well a birth control method works. Those effectiveness numbers we use when talking about birth control are not pulled out of thin air. They’re a product of lots and lots of careful research, often over many years, sometimes done over decades. That research is how we’re able to rank various methods in terms of how good they are at preventing pregnancy. That research is how we know, clearly, and without guessing or trying to figure out if someone is being truthful or not, if someone is educated or not, how effective a method is or is not.
Of course, there are qualities besides effectiveness that people often factor into their birth control choices. Some folks may find that they prefer a method that they can see working (like a condom) over an “invisible” method; something that they can’t see (like an IUD). Or, maybe they find that they’re only comfortable with a method where they understand very clearly how it works. People have all kinds of preferences around something as personal as birth control and that’s totally okay.
However, even when people are apparently choosing methods that fit their own wants and needs, we still experience users coming to us who have little to no faith in those methods working. Or, often, they start to question the efficacy of their method after they’ve done something sexual. Many of our users have a lot of pregnancy worries to begin with, and those are only exacerbated when combined with a lack of understanding of how and why their birth control works (or what causes it to work less well).
Read the rest here