24 May 2016

Media Discussion: ”Your Body, Your Life, Your Decision” - Facts and Myths regarding Oral Contraceptive

  • Facts and Myths regarding oral contraceptive
  • When taken consistently and correctly, Combined Hormonal Contraceptives are one of the most reliable methods of preventing pregnancy; they have a failure rate of ≤ 1 (less than 1 in 100 women)1

Jakarta, 24 May 2016

PT Bayer Indonesia held a media discussion, "Your Body, Your Life, Your Decision" - Facts and myths regarding oral contraceptive. This media discussion is revealed the facts and information related to scientific research to answer the myths that lead to women in Asia are afraid to use oral contraceptive.


Currently, nine out of 10 women in the world using the modern contraception2.The modern contraceptive methods of contraception are sterilization, contraception intrauterine such as copper, condoms and other hormonal contraceptives such as the pill. The modern contraceptive methods are reliable to prevent pregnancy than traditional contraceptives3. Pill ranks third as the most common method of contraception in the world today, which has the widest geographical distribution than other contraceptives. In Asia, 6.4% women using the pill contraception and in Indonesia by 13.6%, while the highest use of the pill to the Southeast Asian region is occupied by Thailand at 35% 4.


The main factor of the low use of oral contraceptive for contraception is the myth regarding the oral contraceptive. According to dr. Boy Abidin, SpOG, many women are afraid to use oral contraceptive caused the fear of infertile, fat, and cancer. Though this is not true. According to scientific research, using oral hormonal contraceptives do not cause negative effects on the level of fertility5,6. Also it is not true that oral contraceptives cause weight gain. Scientific research shows that weight gain is not caused by the use of oral contraceptive, but because of the age, diet and physical activity7". Dr. Boy Abidin, SpOG added that the use of oral contraceptive can reduce the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer. Data show that the risk of cancer decreases in women taking oral contraceptives for long term8. The study also showed that the decrease in the risk of endometrial cancer by 50% in women who use the oral contraceptive9-15.


Most of oral contraceptive today are combined oral contraceptives ("COCs" or “combined pills”) containing two types of hormone: estrogen and progestogen. The vast majority of combined pills contain different doses of the estrogen ethinyl estradiol. There are a number of variations and doses relating to the progestogen. The progestogen component is primarily responsible for the contraceptive effect. The oral contraceptives are available with various types of progestin. The specific progestin could offer non contraceptive effects, such as the fight against the effects of estrogen which causes water retention (weight gain) and associated symptoms. Other non-contraceptive effects including treatment of emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), the most severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)16. "The pill contraceptive is very reliable to avoid pregnancy when taken consistently and correctly, COCs are one of the most reliable methods of preventing pregnancy; they have a failure rate of ≤ 1 (less than 1 in 100 women)1


Many women think that taking an oral contraceptive is a hassle because they often forgotten. Actually, it is simple. If you forget within 12 hours, take it as soon as you remember, Take your next dose at the regular time. This means you may take 2 doses on the same day17, said dr. Boy Abidin, SpOG.


Every woman has the right to obtain proper information and consultation associated with contraceptive methods. By providing them with evidence based information and knowledge of oral contraceptive will help women understand risk and benefit to dispel myths.


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