I Thought I *Knew* Birth Control, But These Ladies Just Taught Me A Thing (Or 5)

When you think about it, it's sorta wild: How many of us are using birth control without really knowing what it's doing inside of us? Regardless, if you take it, or if your partner does, or if you just generally have no effing clue what's behind all the "magic," this handy guide will help you answer some simple questions. Let's hear it for knowledge!

According to a bunch of high schoolers, it's a pill you take ... or a magical tablet. They aren't sure.

According to an expert, "The way hormonal birth control works is it prevents you from ovulating by interrupting the signal from your brain."

According to one of the experts, "The risk of weight gain with [the kind of birth control pill you take every day] is extremely low. If you're gaining more than 5 pounds, then you should let the doctor know."

If you smoke while you're on the pill, you run an increased risk of blod clots. And if you're over 35 and on the pill, experts say you definitely shouldn't be smoking cigarettes.

A copper IUD is toxic to sperm, which means that the sperm cannot fertilize the egg. It doesn't prevent you from ovulating, and it doesn't affect your menstrual cycle.

There are very few long-term effects. In fact, according to one of the experts, "Once you stop your pills or once you take your placebo pills, within a very short period of time the hormones that have regulated it or prevented your pregnancy will be gone. And you should be able to resume a normal menstrual cycle very quickly — sometimes as rapidly as in one month. For other women, it may take a little bit longer."

Well, there's always male condoms and vasectomies. The experts in this video seemed doubtful that a male birth control pill will ever happen because you have to lower men's testosterone levels in order for that to work. But that doesn't mean other options aren't in the works!

The best form of birth control is the one that you will remember to take. Whatever you use has to be consistent. Whether it's condoms, a diaphragm, a pill that you take every day, or a ring that you put in the vagina, you have to be compliant.

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Putting your pet in cargo during a flight isn't always safe. In 2016, the Department of Transportation reported a total of 26 pet deaths and 22 injuries on flights. Because conditions in cargo can be uncomfortable for animals, the Humane Society recommends taking your pet aboard when you fly, or just leaving it at home.

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