It's hard to tell myth from fact when it comes to birth control pills so we got a professional a.k.a obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Premitha Damodaran to help clear the air about them!
"Will going on the pilll..."
MYTH #1: "... make me gain weight?"
"Oral contraceptives are traditionally associated with weight gain. The older pills have a weight gain issue in five to 10 per cent of women. Most of it is due to the dose of estrogen (higher dose, more weight) and the type of progestin. Most of the weight may be due to water retention. Progestin only pills or injections cause more weight gain which may be difficult to shed.
"Newer pills have lower doses of estrogen, thus the chance of weight fain is lower. Newer progestin like drosperinone do not increase water retention and are thus promoted as a no-weight-gain pill."
MYTH #2: "... make it difficult to have a baby later on?"
"On the contrary, oral contraceptives are used widely to correct irregular cycles prior to getting pregnant. The only reason why pills can cause a problem is at times, on stopping the pill, the return to normal periods may be delayed by sometimes six months. However, the incidence of this happening is less than five per cent. One can get pregnant the month after stopping the pill as you are already quite fertile at that time."
MYTH #3: "... give me cancer?"
"A woman's risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Certain studies have shown a slight, increased risk with prolonged use of exogenous estrogens (outside estrogens) such as the oral contraceptive, with figures quoting use of oral contraceptives for over 10 years increasing breast cancer risk. However, other studies have shown no increased risk. Moreover this risk comes back to normal once oral contraceptives are stopped.
"Within a year of use, the risk of ovarian cancer drops by 10 per cent and in five years by 50 per cent. Similarly, the risk of endometrial cancer aso drops with many years of use."
MYTH #4: "... cause birth defects?"
"No known association has been found between oral contraceptives and birth defects irrespective of years of use, type of contraception getting pregnant while off the pill. No wash-out period is neccessary before getting pregnant."
Oh, that age-old question that every guy probably dreads and every girl is probably guilty of. Sometimes we could be asking out of casual vanity and sometimes... maaaaaybe we did put on a little weight. Regardless, should your BF be completely honest or a little abstract in his answer? We asked a couple of Malaysian guys what they would do and some of their answers seem quite spot-on!
1. "No, you're not. Why are you asking?" — Mikael, 26
2. "I will tell her exactly what I think; my honesty never offends her." — Adam, 25
3. "My response would be politically correct, 'You look great no matter what you're wearing... or not wearing." — Victor, 26
4. "Lie! Say no and quickly change the topic!" — Aran, 29
5."I used reverse psychology and asked her the question back. Eventually, she got the picture and stopped asking." — Tommie, 27
6. "Sometimes you just have to lie because they don't really want the truth." - Azmi, 31
7. "Just be silent... it works sometimes, or a simple 'no' will suffice." — Peter, 22
8. "Yeah, but just a bit; nothing to worry about." — Anand, 30
You might be familiar with those annoying silica gel packets that come with your new shoes, bags or clothes. It has always been so natural for us to just toss them into the trash bin but little did we know, these little packets of beads actually have more use to them than we thought!
1. Freshen up gym bags and shoes
Keep a few packets of silica gel to reduce dampness and bacteria that can cause odour in your gym bag. Pop a few in your shoes too to combat that stubborn stink.
2. Keep your makeup bag dry
Toss some into your makeup bag as the silica gel does a great job in absorbing moisture — in the possible event of an accidental spill.
3. Dry out flowers quickly
These little packets are great for quickening the drying process of flowers. Put a few in a plastic bag along with the flowers and there you go — the perfect momento of a special occasion!
4. Solve wet bikini problems
Ever experienced having to pack wet bikinis into your luggage at the end of the holiday and came home to a damp case? Wrap those wet bikinis in a plastic bag and add in a few silica gel packets to keep your luggage moisture-free.
5. Avoid tarnish on silverware
Limit your silverware's expose to damp air by storing them in a plastic bag with silica gel packets. Though that means you can't lay them out and enjoy the sight of your beautiful silver things (like your fave rings), this will keep them looking sparkly and new for longer.
6. Rid musty smell from books
Unless you enjoy that distinctive smell of old books, keep your books in a bag with a couple packets of silica gel to absorb moisture that causes the scent.
7. Extend the life of razor blades
Silica gel is known for its fast-drying capability; so store a few of them along with your razor blade in an airtight bag to prevent rusting and prolong its longevity.
Source and photo: Daily Mail Online