MYTHS ABOUT SEX, PREGNANCY, AND PROTECTION
There are many truths to sex, pregnancy, and protection. But for every truth, there are 100 lies. Below, we have listed the most popular MYTHS, and the TRUTHS behind them.
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MYTH: Everyone is doing it! TRUTH: Consider the statistics. Less than half (48%) of all high school student have ever had sex. You can’t believe everything you hear. People lie, and exaggerate, and talk a good game when it comes to sex. In the end, it doesn’t matter who’s telling the truth or not. The only truth that matters is what’s best for you. Yeah, that sounds corny — but it’s true.
MYTH: If you wait until you’re older, you’re a boring prude. TRUTH: No! You’re being pretty smart. Everyone is different and SO many teens simply want to wait to have sex. There is a right time for each individual and each person has to decide for him or herself when that is. The truth is that most teens who have had sex say they wish they had waited longer and the younger teens are when they first have sex, the more likely they are to regret it — and the less likely they are to use protection.
MYTH: Guys are always ready for sex. TRUTH: This is an example of sterotyping- assuming that all guys think & act the same. Guys may have a reputation for always thinking about sex, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into having sex. Just think- you may love playing basketball, but sometimes, you’d just rather go to the movies. In fact, the percentage of teens who have ever had sex has been on a steady decline, with more than half saying they are still virgins.
MYTH: Guys pressure girls into having sex– the girl never pressures the guy. TRUTH: As you hopefully know by now, every individual is different. Every individual and every couple is different. Pressure can come from anyone, regardless of gender, sexual experience, or age.
MYTH: You’ll marry the first person you have sex with. TRUTH: Sadly, this one is rarely true. Even though your first love or the first person you have sex with feels like the one you’ll love forever, the reality is that most first time sexual relationships are romantic but short-lived. Eight out of ten first time teen sexual relationships last 6 months or less and a quarter are one-time occurrences.
MYTH: Sex is so much more fun when you are drinking or using drugs . TRUTH: Who wants to say they don’t remember the first time they had sex because they were wasted? If you’re drunk or high, it’s hard to make good decisions about sex. Twenty percent of 15- to 17-year-olds say they have done something sexual while using alcohol or drugs that they might not have done if they were sober. Although it might seem fun to loosen up with alcohol or drugs, it also means you’re less likely to practice safe sex and could end up with something much worse than a hangover: an STD or unplanned pregnancy. People are also much more likely to be victims of rape and assault when substance use mixes with sexual activity.
MYTH: You can’t get pregnant the first time you have sex. TRUTH: If you are ovulating (producing eggs & having your period) it doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the hundredth time you’ve had sex- you can still get pregnant. You get pregnant when the sperm fertilizes the egg. Neither the sperm nor the egg care how many times you’ve had sex previously. The only way to avoid the risk of pregnancy is to not have sex at all.
MYTH: You can’t get pregnant if you have sex on your perioud. TRUTH: There is a chance that you can get pregnant if you have sex during your period. Sperm stays alive for several days once in the vagina — that means that, even if the last time you had sex was three days ago during your period, you could now be ovulating and therefore you could get pregnant.
MYTH: You can’t get pregnant if you’ve never had a period. TRUTH: You may begin to ovulate 14 days before your first period so it is possible to get pregnant even if you haven’t had a period yet.
MYTH: A girl can’t get pregnant/ a guy can’t get a girl pregnant if:
- you have sex standing up
- the girl is on top
- you have sex in a hot tub or a swimming pool
- you jump up and down immediately after sex
- the girl douches, takes a bath, or urinates immediately after sex
- it’s your first time;
- you’re both virgins;
- the guy pulls out before he ejaculates or if he doesn’t go all the way in;
- the girl doesn’t have an orgasm;
- the guy and the girl don’t orgasm at the same time;
- the girl pushes really hard on her belly button after sex;
- the girl makes herself sneeze for fifteen minutes after sex;
- ETC, ETC, ETC!!!
TRUTH: We’re sure you’ve heard some of these crazy tales, or maybe some even weirder ones. Forget who you’ve heard them from or how many times you’ve heard them. The truth is, you can get pregnant any time you have sex (unless, of course, you’re already pregnant, which means you’ve got other things to worry about). Even if you use a condom or other form of birth control, you can still get pregnant. The only 100% foolproof method of preventing pregnancy is by NOT having sex. So if you choose to have sex, regardless of when and how, know what you might be getting yourself into.
MYTH: There’s no method of birth control that’s 100% effective. TRUTH: Abstinence is a form of birth contol and is the ONLY 100% effective method. If you aren’t haven’t sex, you can’t get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. It’s just that simple.
MYTH: Drinking Mountain Dew will prevent pregnancy. TRUTH: The rumor that ingredients in Mountain Dew (and other popular sodas) lower guys’ sperm count has been around for years, but the simple truth is that Doing the Dew doesn’t do anything to sperm. Drinking soda isn’t going to prevent pregnancy. Only abstinence — choosing not to have sex — is 100-percent effective at preventing pregnancy. And if you’re going to have sex, latex condoms — when used correctly each and every time you have sex — and hormonal birth control methods like the Pill can prevent pregnancy. A bottle of carbonated sugar water isn’t going to help.
MYTH: Wearing two condoms at once gives you double the protection. TRUTH: Actually, adding more layers won’t help and can even make sex more risky. Using two (or more!) condoms can cause an excessive amount of friction between the two condoms and increase the likelihood of either, or both, condoms breaking.
MYTH: Condoms can be reused. TRUTH: Gross! Once a condom has been removed from its wrapper, you have to use it or lose it. And once a condom has been used during sex, it is no longer good — throw it away!
MYTH: Girls can use a friend or sister’s birth control pills — what’s the difference, right? TRUTH: Wrong. Prescriptions have specific names on them for a reason: because they’re for specific people. You can’t use someone else’s birth control for a number of reasons, namely, because it isn’t prescribed to you.
MYTH: Guys can use plastic wrap if they don’t have a condom. TRUTH: Plastic wrap, ziplocs, etc, are great for food storage, but are NOT alternatives to condoms. Common household products will not protect you from pregnancy or STDs. Your best bet is to get out your wallet and buy some condoms, or- better yet- pick some up from your local health department.
MYTH: A girl only takes birth control pills (the Pill) when they’re going to have sex. It doesn’t matter that much if you haven’t taken them regularly – as long as you take them right before you have sex. TRUTH: Birth control pills are made up of a series of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and must build up in the system to be effective. That’s why you must take the pills in the prescribed sequence at about the same time every day. Skipping a day makes the pill MUCH less effective.
MYTH: The Pill is completely effective the first day you begin taking it. TRUTH: Unfortunately, it can take up to one full month (or one full menstrual cycle) for the Pill to become completely effective. Doctors most often recommend using a second form of contraception (like condoms) during the first few weeks that you’re on the Pill.