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9 Pregnancy Prevention Myths : How Many do You Believe?

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Birth control methods like pills injections are very effective when it comes to preventing pregnancy. Even though contraceptives have been on the market for decades, there are still many myths regarding preventing pregnancy, which end up leading to unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Here is a look at the common myths about birth control, and the facts busting the myths.

Myth: I am breastfeeding so I can’t get pregnant

Breastfeeding may postpone ovulation, but it’s no guarantee that you are risk-free when breastfeeding. Oral pills or a copper t (intra uterine device ) can be safely used after advice from your gynaecologist.

Myth: Douching, bathing and showering can prevent pregnancy

It is impossible to douche fast enough to keep sperm away from fertilizing an egg. Urinating, bathing or showering will not wash out sperm.

Myth: Masturbating before sex can prevent pregnancy

Fact : It takes only one sperm to fertilise an egg, so even a very small amount of semen can get you pregnant. The semen reserves will get replenished in the act.

Myth: Pulling out during sex

This is called the withdrawal method, where the man pulls out before ejaculating, but again there is a 25% chance of failure, and a resulting pregnancy. Also, preejaculate may contain sperm and can get you pregnant.

Myth: Jumping up and down

It sounds silly for a reason – it’s a myth. Even if you run a marathon after sex it will not get the semen out of your system!

Myth: Certain sexual positions

If vaginal intercourse has happened, there is always a chance of pregnancy, more in the fertile period, which depends on the length of the monthly cycle. Even sex under water can result in pregnancy, so there is literally no safe position.

Myth: Use of excessive alcohol and drugs

This could be the most dangerous idea, as drugs and alcohol can have serious negative effects on your health. There is absolutely no truth to the idea that drugs could lower sperm count or prevent pregnancy.

Myth: I am safe from pregnancy, because there was no penetration

Pregnancy can occur even when a partner ejaculates or pre-ejaculates near or on your vulva. Irrespective of whether you engage in vaginal sex or not, naked body contact around this region could lead to pregnancy.

Myth: I can’t get pregnant if I am menstruating

If you have vaginal sex during your periods, there is still a possibility you can get pregnant. Sperm has a life of two days to one week, thus sperm that survives could fertilise when you ovulate. As there are more than 15 very safe, effective, user friendly and easily available methods of contraception, it’s important to spread more awareness rather than dealing with unsafe sexual practices and unplanned pregnancies.

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Senior Gynaecologist at ePsyClinic.com. She is a practicing obstetrician, gynaecologist, infertility specialist and laparoscopic surgeon with special interest in patient education awareness, preventive medicine and the promotion of wellness and holistic health.