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Birth Control Myths

Sunday, 6 August 2017

There are a number of birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. There is also a lot of misinformation about how to use contraception, as well as some methods that simply do not work.

Following are some common myths about birth control:

I’m breastfeeding so I can’t get pregnant.
While breastfeeding tends to postpone ovulation, this is not a guarantee. Ovulation can occur even when a woman is breastfeeding. The nursing mother should use birth control if she wishes to avoid getting pregnant.

You can’t get pregnant if the woman doesn’t have an climax.
Pregnancy occurs when a sperm from the man fertilizes an egg from the woman. It is not necessary for the woman to have an climax to get pregnant. A woman of childbearing age usually releases an egg each month as part of her regular menstrual cycle (called ovulation). This occurs whether or not the woman has s*x or an climax.

I won’t get pregnant if I douche after s*x.
Douching is not an effective method of contraception. After Release, the sperm enter the cervix and are out of reach of any douching solution.

I don’t need contraception because we only have s*x during the “safe” time. You’re only fertile one day a month.
Myths such as these most likely arise from a lack of understanding of the menstrual cycle. There are four major hormones (chemicals that stimulate or regulate the activity of cells or organs) involved in the menstrual cycle: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estrogen, and progesterone. A delicate balance of these hormones regulates ovulation, and if the egg is not fertilized, menstruation occurs. While a woman’s cycle is more or less regular at most times, this balance of hormones can be disrupted by various factors, including age, weight, stress, medications, and others. Therefore, pinpointing the time of ovulation and predicting any “safe” days can be difficult. Couples who have success with the rhythm method of contraception must carefully monitor the women’s menstrual cycles and evaluate symptoms of ovulation, as well as any external factors.

I won’t get pregnant if we have s*x standing up or if I am on top.
Some people believe that having s*x in certain positions, such as standing up, will force the sperm out of the woman’s v**ina. In truth, positions during s*x have nothing to do with whether or not fertilization occurs. When a man ejaculates, the sperm are deposited well into the v**ina. The sperm will, by nature, begin to move up through the cervical canal immediately after Release.

You can use plastic wrap or a balloon if you don’t have a condom.
Plastic wrap and balloons are not good to use as condoms. They don’t fit well and can easily be torn during s*x. Condoms are specifically made to provide a good fit and good protection during s*x, and they are thoroughly tested for maximum effectiveness.

I won’t get pregnant if my partner pulls out before he ejaculates.
Pulling out before the man ejaculates, known as the withdrawal method, is not a foolproof method for contraception. Some release (fluid that contains sperm) may be released before the man actually begins to climax. In addition, some men may not have the willpower or be able to withdraw in time.

I won’t get pregnant because this is my first time having s*x.
A woman can get pregnant any time ovulation occurs, even if it is the first time having s*x.

I won’t get pregnant if I take a shower or bath right after s*x, or if I urinate right after s*x.
Washing or urinating after s*x will not stop the sperm that have already entered the uterus through the cervix.

The pill is always effective immediately after you begin taking it.
In some women, one complete menstrual cycle is needed for the hormones in the pill (oral contraceptive) to work with the woman’s natural hormones to prevent ovulation. Some doctors recommend using a back-up method of birth control the first month of taking the pill.

source: Easyhealthoptions

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