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Date:9/9/2009

NEWBURY, Berkshire, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Women's health experts are warning that old wives' tales and ignorance about modern contraceptive options could be fuelling Britain's high levels of unintended pregnancy, following new research into contraception myths by pollster Opinion Health.(1)

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Fast-foods and store cupboard staples were often suggested as methods of contraception women had heard of(1) Coca-cola, kebabs, chocolate bars or wrappers, crisp packets and chewing gum were proposed as contraceptives and one in five women questioned mentioned a kitchen cupboard staple as a possible option, with eating garlic or using bread, cling film or even chicken skin as a barrier method given as alternatives.(1)

These myths are compounded by a lack of general understanding of even the most popular methods of contraception. The survey revealed that half of women hold the false belief that oral contraceptive use over an extended period of time can cause infertility(1) and nearly 10 percent of women think that it always takes a number of years to regain fertility after discontinuation of The Pill(1) In fact, no matter how long The Pill is taken for, the effects are fully reversible and it is possible to get pregnant straight away in the absence of other forms of contraception.(2)

The survey also highlighted that there is a myth that oestrogen is only present in combined oral contraceptive pills in order to disguise the taste(1) when in fact the combined pill was designed to have the combination of oestrogen and progestogen to offer protection from pregnancy and shorter lighter periods. Surprisingly, those questioned who were using oral
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