2020, Number S1
Ginecol Obstet Mex 2020; 88 (S1)
Cristóbal-García I, Neyro-Bilbao JL, Carrascoso M
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ABSTRACTBackground: Contraception has changed the historical development of many women and allowed personal development not linked to the attachment of successive pregnancies without planning. Many decades ago the clinical efficacy of hormonal contraception is beyond doubt even by general population. However, there are still too many myths about their safety and about certain circumstances of their use that condition the decisions of both health professionals and potential users.
Methodology: A retrospective trial consisting of the search of original articles and systematic reviews published in the last ten years in the PubMed database, specifically related to hormonal contraception. Search words (MeSH) were: hormonal contraception, oral contraceptives, myths about oral contraceptives and others. The articles with the highest level of evidence were selected, more than 50 documents were analyzed and the most relevant ones were located regarding the myths and realities around hormonal contraception.
Conclusions: Despite the personal and social change that hormonal contraception has brought about in the past fifty years, there are still too many myths about their safety and their relationship with regular bleeding, which adversely affect the information provided to potential users and decisions of the woman who needs safe and comfortable contraception.