Myths and facts about birthcontrol


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Myths and facts about birthcontrol

There are birth control methods that are medically proven to be effective in preventing an unwanted pregnancy. And then there are those that people think will work to avoid pregnancy, but in reality do not. Several myths, or stories, about birth control do the rounds every day.

This makes it important for every sexually active woman to stay aware about birth control myths and facts.

Myth: Having sex during the period doesn’t get you pregnant.

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. Sperm can live up to 5 days in a woman's body.

There are several reasons for this. Even if a woman's periods are pretty regular, she can never be sure when her ovaries are releasing an egg. Ovulation, the release of the egg from the ovaries, has nothing to do with when you had your last period.

It depends on when you will have your next period, which is something you can never be sure of. Especially for younger women, this is a very risky approach to birth control, because for the first few years, the woman's periods will probably be very irregular.

Myth: Washing the vagina after sex can prevent pregnancy

Vaginal douching, or taking baths or showers after sexual intercourse, will do nothing to help prevent pregnancy. That's because the sperm has already traveled up towards the egg. Some people think that deodorant vaginal suppositories or deodorant vaginal sprays will also kill sperm. None of these are methods of birth control. Equally important is the fact that they can be harmful, and none of them work.

Myth: 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 birth control and enjoy unprotected sex as long as you are in a monogamous relationship.

Myth: The pull out method works and is safe

This is just as risky as any other falsehood about birth control. There is usually a drop or two of clear fluid before ejaculation, and these drops usually contain a few sperm. Since it takes only one sperm to unite with the egg for pregnancy to occur, ejaculation isn't always necessary. Ejaculation is often a powerful physical and emotional feeling that a guy doesn't have total control over it, no matter what he thinks.

Sometimes a man means to pull out but gets carried away and doesn't. Also, it's hard for a guy to know exactly when he'll ejaculate.

Condoms and birth control pills are the only effective and reliable methods of protecting yourself from pregnancy. All other methods like douching with cola and using toothpaste are just myths. If you don't want to get pregnant or get someone pregnant, be suspicious of any method that hasn't been proven medically effective.
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