When people visit our center for free pregnancy testing and other services, they often share stories about how they thought they couldn’t become pregnant or why they thought they were safe. Young men and women tend to carry similar myths in this area and with so little communication from trustworthy sources, it’s hard for them to know what to believe. These misconceptions are all too common and it’s important young couples know the truth. Here, we will dive into the details around the more common myths about sex and the possibility of unintended or unplanned pregnancy.
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Myth #1: I Can’t Get Pregnant When I’m On My Period
This is one of the most common misconceptions about sex we hear. Many women think they cannot become pregnant during their menstrual cycle. Although the probability is low, the possibility exists and has occurred to women before. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive system for about 5 days, creating a chance an egg can be fertilized in that window, which makes having sex risky. In addition to the risk of becoming pregnant, STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted diseases or infections) can be passed between partners any day of the month – even during menstruation.
Myth #2: Certain Positions Prevent Pregnancy
Some people believe that by having sex in a certain position, it reduces the risk of becoming pregnant. A related myth is that you can prevent pregnancy by positioning yourself a certain way or cleaning up quickly after intercourse. However, neither of these theories are true. Sperm can travel into your uterus and fertilize an egg no matter what position you are in and regardless of whether you use the restroom immediately or how quickly you clean up after intimacy.
Myth #3: You Can’t Get Pregnant the First Time You Have Sex
Many young women believe that if they are virgins before having sex, they cannot get pregnant. In truth, you can get pregnant even if you’ve never had sex before. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or the hundredth time, pregnancy is always a possible result of having intercourse. Regardless of sexual experience, it’s always recommended to use protection or abstain completely to prevent getting pregnant.
Myth #4: Condoms and Birth Control Prevent All Pregnancies
While condoms and prescription birth control can help prevent pregnancy, no birth control method is 100% effective. Pregnancies can happen even when you use birth control carefully and correctly. All forms of birth control include fine print that provides information about their success and failure rates. In other words, there is a chance pregnancy will not be prevented, no matter which prevention product or combination of birth control options are used. It’s also important to realize that prescription birth control methods don’t provide protection against STDs or STIs. The only way to keep yourself completely safe is not to have sex.
Myth #5: The Morning After Pill is for Everyone
The morning after pill is marketed as a safe way to prevent pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or if your birth control fails. However, the effectiveness of this medication varies depending on factors such as weight, the time it is taken after intercourse, and other medications you may be taking, such as barbiturates or St. John’s Wort. All of these factors lower the effectiveness of these medications and make pregnancy more likely to occur.
Myth #6: Birth Control is Safe and Simple
Birth control is often marketed as a safe way to prevent pregnancy with no downsides or serious side effects. Common side effects of these medications are spotting or bleeding between periods, nausea, breast tenderness, and headaches. However, there are other side effects that, while less common, can become serious, such as high blood pressure, blood clots, heart attacks, or strokes. If you are considering these medications, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any other medications you are taking and be informed of any potential risks.
To learn more about pregnancy, sex, and relationships, contact First Choice Pregnancy Center today. Our caring staff will help you and take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. All of our services are 100% confidential and offered at no cost to you. Call us today at 207-872-5070 or visit us online to schedule an appointment at our center in Waterville, ME. We’d love to meet with you.