Sex is a pastime that so many people engage in. It's so important to know how to have sex without being afraid of getting pregnant. This article focuses on contraception that prevents pregnancy, not sexually transmitted disease.
Here are the top nine myths about contraception that you should know to help you prevent pregnancy.
Myth #1: The withdrawal method prevents pregnancy.
There are secretions that come out of the penis before a man ejaculates, and they can contain sperm. If that pre-ejaculatory fluid gets into the vagina, then the sperm can be on it way to fertilize the egg.
So just because a man doesn't come inside a woman, it doesn't mean that she can’t still get pregnant.
Myth #2: You can't get pregnant when you're breastfeeding.
Ever heard the term "Irish twins?" This refers to babies born to the same mother within a 12-month period of time. It really has nothing to do with being Irish, and for that matter, the babies are not twins. It's just a name that has stuck, for a very real situation that can happen to women of any nationality.
This can happen if the mother didn’t use birth control because she didn't think that she could get pregnant while breastfeeding. A woman can start ovulating even when she is breastfeeding. So contraception should be used even when breastfeeding.
Myth #3: Douching kills the sperm.
While douching can kill sperm, any of the sperm that make it to and through the cervical canal are on their way to fertilize an egg. Douching is not a reliable form of contraception.
Myth #4: The rhythm method will always prevent pregnancy.
It is true that a woman can only become pregnant during ovulation. But ovulation is does not always occur on the same day each month or even every 28 days.
Even the most regular woman can have a change in her hormonal balance from month to month. The rhythm the sensitivity and variability of the hormonal cycles make this a difficult method to track. Couples that use this method have to carefully monitor the menstrual cycle and ovulation symptoms.