Even though contraceptives and other birth control options have been on the market for decades, there are many myths regarding how to prevent a pregnancy. Following such myths blindly actually leads to higher number of unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
We take a look at the common myths about birth control and the facts busting those myths-
- Myth: Pulling out during sex
Fact: This is called withdrawal method where man pulls out before ejaculating but again 25% chance of failure and pregnancy. Also pre-ejaculate may contain sperm and can get you pregnant.
- Myth: Jumping up and down
Fact: Silly as it sounds it's a myth nonetheless and even if you run a marathon after sex it will not get the semen out.
- Myth: Certain sexual positions
Fact: 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: I am safe from pregnancy, because there was no penetration.
Fact: Pregnancy can occur even when a partner ejaculates or pre-ejaculates near or on your vulva. Irrespective of the fact that you engage in vaginal sex or not, naked body contact around this region could lead to pregnancy.
- Myth: Douching, bathing and showering can prevent pregnancy.
Fact: 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: Use of excessive alcohol drugs.
Fact: 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 would lower sperm count or motility and prevent pregnancy.
- Myth: I can't get pregnant if I am menstruating.
Fact: If you have vaginal sex during your periods, there is a possibility you can get pregnant. Sperms have a life two days to one week, thus meaning that a sperm which survives could fertilise when you ovulate.
- Myth: Breastfeeding may prevent pregnancy
Fact: Breastfeeding may postpone ovulation, but it’s no guarantee that you are risk-free when breastfeeding. Oral pills or copper-t (intra-uterine device) can be safely used after advise from your gynecologist.
There are more than 15 extremely safe, effective, user friendly and easily available methods of contraception. It's important to spread more awareness and stop blindly following unsafe sexual practices and unplanned pregnancies.