Ways to be protected and debunking contraception myths
If your sexual partner does “the pull-out method” where he withdraws before ejaculation you can’t get pregnant.
This is absolutely false. You can still get pregnant with the “the pull-out method”! This is not a form of contraception and a man can release fluid even without having an orgasm, otherwise known as pre-ejaculation fluid AND IT CONTAINS SPERM.
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex while on your period.
This is false! Sperm can live in the body for up to 7 days waiting to fertilise an egg. You can get pregnant from period sex.
You can’t get pregnant if you are a virgin and are having sex for the first time.
FALSE. You can get pregnant equally as likely if it’s you first or 50th time having sex. When sperm is in contact with an egg, there is a possibility of pregnancy.
Condoms are 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
A male condom is 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. If you double up on condoms, meaning two at once, the extra layer is not extra protection but in fact increases the risk of tearing and breaking during sexual intercourse.
You can’t get pregnant if you are breastfeeding.
Not true! Ovulation can occur even when a woman is breastfeeding. Use birth control or another contraception if you do not wish to have children only 9 months apart!
You can’t get pregnant if you shower/ bathe/ pee after sex.
False. Urinating or washing is good to do after sex, but in terms of a form of contraception it is not one. You can still get pregnant. Going to the bathroom and rinsing will not stop the sperm that has already entered the uterus through the cervix.
Birth control/the pill works immediately after going on it.
Not true. It takes your body adjusting to for the pill to work. Doctors recommend having a back up method of contraception to use as well during the first month of going on the pill.
You can’t get an STD (sexually transmitted disease) while just on birth control/the pill.
Very false! Birth control pills have many benefits, including preventing pregnancy, however the pill cannot protect you from an STD. The only way to be protected from an STD is with a barrier method, such as a condom.