CONTRACEPTIVE MYTHS AND FACTS

Studies have shown that out of a list of 8 reasons for having sex, having baby is the least frequent motivator for most people.
Both control methods have been used in one form or the other for thousands of years. As contraception evolved, so to have the myths surrounds their use.

 

I won’t get pregnant having sex on my period.

Many women believe that having unprotected sex during menstruation or during the first or last part of their menstrual cycle will keep them from becoming pregnant.
While many women may be more likely to become pregnant mid cycle, the chance of conceiving may be higher than previously thought at any time of the month. A great fact to know is that sperm can live up to 5 days in a woman’s body.

 

Breast feeding my baby protects me from pregnancy.

─   While ovulation and menstruation are not likely to happen while you are regularly breastfeeding your baby, eventually menstruation will return and you may ovulate without knowing it. So yes, it is possible to become pregnant while still breast feeding your child.

 

He always pulls out before he ejaculates, so I won’t get pregnant.

─   This is one of the biggest falsehoods that women believe. Yes, you can get pregnant even if your boyfriend or husband pulls out before ejaculation. Before ejaculation occurs, a small amount of lubricating fluid, which contains sperm, is released. Any vaginal penetration by the penis can result in pregnancy, even if he pulls out before ejaculation.

 

Using vaginal douches after sex can prevent pregnancy.

Vaginal douches or taking baths or shower after sexual intercourse will do nothing to help prevent pregnancy. That is because he sperm has already travelled up towards the egg.

 

I won’t get pregnant the first time I have sex

If you have started your periods, you can get pregnant. Generally younger girls are more fertile than older women and can get pregnant very easily. Don’t believe anyone that tells you that you won’t get pregnant’ just this one time’ insist on protection.

 

I won’t get pregnant or STD because I am on pills.

Yes, it is true that the pill is an effective method of contraceptive when used properly. However, the pill does not protect against HIV or other STD’s. The only 100% fool proof method of preventing unwanted pregnancy or STDs is abstinence.

 

I had unprotected sex only one time.

One time is all it takes to get pregnant or to get a STD. Don’t let anyone talk you into having unprotected sex even once or you may pay for a lifetime through an unplanned pregnancy and the resulting consequences. Take care of yourself and refuse unprotected sex.

 

I am too old to get pregnant.

As long as you are having periods, you can become pregnant. While it is true that the older you get, the less fertile you are, you must consider yourself fertile and able to get pregnant until you have been without periods for at least one full year.
After one year without periods, you can forget about contraception and enjoy unprotected sex as long as you are in a monogamous relationship.

 

I don’t have sex enough for contraception.

If it is hard to know when you are going to need to use contraception, try using the condom. The sponge or talk to your gynaecologist about appropriate contraception for you.

 

I have had lots of female problems, so I don’t think I can get pregnant.

− Unless your gynaecologist has told you that you cannot get pregnant, you need protection.

 

Wearing 2 condoms at once give you double protection.

− Adding more layers won’t help and can even make sex more risky. Using 2 condoms can cause friction between the 2 condoms and increase the likelihood of them breaking.

 

Taking birth control pill will make you gain weight

− Numerous clinical studies have shown that as many women lose weight has gain weight while taking the birth control pills. Most pills related weight gain is due to fluid retention which is usually temporary and cyclical.

 

Not having orgasm can prevent pregnancy.

− Pregnancy occurs when the sperm from the man fertilises the egg fromthe woman. It is not necessary for the woman to have an orgasm to get pregnant. A woman of childbearing age usually releases an egg each month as part of her regular menstrual cycle. This occurs whether or not the woman has sex or an orgasm.

 

I won’t get pregnat if we have sex standing up or if I am on top.

− some people believe that having sex in certain positions such as standing up will force the sperm out of the woman’s vagina. In truth, positions during sex has nothing to do with whether fertilization will occur or not.

 

The pill is always effective immediately after you begin taking it.

− In some women, one complete menstrual cycle is needed for the woman’s natural hormones to prevent ovulation. Some doctors recommend back up method of birth control in the first month of taking ill.

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