What You Never Learned In Sex Ed:

And some things you did, but probably forgot

By: Julia Chong, 3rd Year Public Health Major

Male holding condom

“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

About Periods

  • 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

About Pregnancy

  • 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.

Common Myths