“You can get pregnant from that?” and “Wow I wish I knew that earlier” are just a few of the comments I have received while spreading knowledge I learned from the Human Sexuality course I took. Like many of my peers, I thought I was very knowledgeable about sexual health, but I quickly learned how much of an information gap I had and how many myths I believed. There are many important facts about sexual health that most of us were never told, even if we did have sexual education. Hopefully this will clear up some common misconceptions and provide other useful information about sexual health. Knowledge is power, and when it comes to your sexual health, you’re going to want that power.
So here is some additional information:
About Condom Use
Placing the condom on the tip of the penis and then flipping it because that wasn’t the way it unrolled can cause pregnancy. This is due to the sperm in the pre-ejaculate that is now on the outside of the condom.
About Hormonal Contraception
- Emergency Contraceptive or “the morning after pill” can be taken up to 5 days after sex.cIt is not 100% effective however, and effectiveness decreases with time.
- Most birth control pills can be used the same way as “the morning after pill”. Follow the link to see the doses required for the different types of pills to produce the same effects.
About Male Fertility
- Many lifestyle choices can decrease male fertility. Some interesting examples are overheating the testicles (baths) and wearing tight clothing
- Lifestyle changes can help alleviate symptoms of PMS. These include getting enough sleep, exercising, drinking less alcohol and caffeine, eating less carbohydrates, lowering sodium intake, not smoking, and using relaxation techniques.
- Periods while taking oral contraceptives are not necessary for your health
- Ovulation usually takes place 14 days before menstruation begins
- Pregnancy tests taken too soon after conception can result in false negatives. They are most effective one week after the missed period
- For information one ways you can and can’t get pregnant click here.
- “I can’t get pregnant while on my period”
- FALSE, Sperm can survive inside you for up to 7 days
- “I can’t get pregnant if he doesn’t cum inside me”
- FALSE, Pre-ejaculate (what happens before ejaculation) still contains thousands of sperm. Ejaculate simply on or even near the vulva can still cause pregnancy. You can still technically get pregnant from anal sex for this same reason.
- “The pill is always 99% effective”
- FALSE, It can take up to 14 days to become effective. Missing ONE pill (by 12 hours) decreases the effectiveness and condoms should be used for 7 days after
- “Emergency Contraception causes abortions”
- FALSE, It cannot terminate a pregnancy it works the same as normal oral contraceptive
- “I would know if I had an STI”
- FALSE, You do not always get symptoms
If you learned anything from this article, feel free to share it with your friends. Odds are that they don’t know at least one of these facts, and sharing is caring.
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