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Friday 17 August 2018

>Pill popping...

>As for reports that the pill lowers libido, while some studies of women using the contraceptive show a decreased sex drive, others show an increase as a lower chance of pregnancy can be quite an aphrodisiac.

>Taking the pill past the age of 40 has long been considered risky, but many experts say you can take it till menopause. However, if you're over 35 and you smoke, have high blood pressure or diabetes, the pill further raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.

> St John's wort, the popular supplement used for depression, is believed to cut the pill's effectiveness. Researchers think the herb makes your body speed up the metabolism of the pill, preventing the hormones from doing their job.

> The pill will not make you infertile. This myth may stem from the fact that women using the pill may delay childbearing until their late 30s, a time when their natural fertility has declined. In addition, a woman (or her partner) may have always had a fertility problem but it was never realised before because they were not trying to get pregnant.

> Many women believe they should take a break from the pill every now and then. However, experts argue that it is not necessary for women who are free from side-effects to take a break from the pill. Once your system is used to it, it can be used to avoid irregular cycles and to protect you from an unwanted pregnancy.

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