As safe or as diligent as you try to be, there may come a time where you accidentally mess up your birth control. It happens to everyone, even the women who set a daily reminder in their phone. And sure, these small slip ups may amount to nothing more than an early period. But on some occasions, messing with your birth control could result in fertility issues in the future or, on the other end of the spectrum, an unplanned pregnancy. Obviously not all unplanned pregnancies are a bad thing — even my pregnancy was something of a surprise, albeit a pleasant one — but most women want to be the ones to decide when and how they get pregnant.
Besides preventing unplanned pregnancies, using birth control has some pretty awesome benefits, too. For many women, taking birth control can help regulate their menstrual cycle, ease heavy cramps and bleeding, and clear up problem acne. It can also treat endometriosis, help Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and protect against pelvic inflammatory disease. Some research even indicates that the use of birth control can play a protective role against certain cancer. With all the benefits it has to offer, it’s no wonder more than half of women use birth control. But in order to reap the rewards, you have to be using your birth control correctly. To make sure your birth control is as effective as possible, double check then you aren't making one of these five common birth control mistakes.