If you have searched the Internet to find out what kind of contraception works, and what doesn’t, chances are you have run into some pretty bizarre methods. But, what actually works, and what is a bold face lie? From rumors about birth control pills, to the thought that standing up prevents pregnancy, these are 10 lies you still believe about contraception!
Many men and women like to ditch their birth control methods while the woman is on her period. They believe that because she is on her period, she must not be ovulating. But, bad news, this isn’t always true. Women who have shorter periods are likely to ovulate during their period. Also, if a woman isn’t ovulating during her period, that doesn’t mean she won’t be in a couple of days. Considering sperm can live in a woman’s body up to 5 days, doing the deed while on your period with no protection could still be risky!
There have been many myths surrounding cleaning yourself after doing the deed, and how it can prevent unwanted pregnancy. From douching with Coca Cola, to peeing right after, there are many methods people claim actually work. Honestly, these methods just don’t do the trick. There is no way to wash the sperm away quick enough to prevent pregnancy. You should also stay away from vaginal suppositories, or sprays as a form of contraception as they don’t work and could cause harm to your reproductive tract.
A lot of women are lead to believe that if they use birth control pills for an extended period of time, it will affect their fertility. There is actually no scientific evidence that extended birth control use causes women to be less fertile once they stop. There are other things that could be contributing to lack of fertility, such as age. Many women start birth control in their 20’s. Then, if they stop 20 years later, when they are 40, they are less likely to be fertile, because of age complications, not the birth control.
There is a popular myth that has been spread for years. This myth claims that if you do the deed while standing up, it helps prevent pregnancy. While it may be fun to experiment with, there isn’t any real evidence to support this claim. If you are looking for ways to prevent pregnancy that doesn’t involve birth control methods or condom use, then there is a good chance you’re taking the wrong advice. These aren’t proven methods of preventing pregnancies, and will most likely result in failure.
The claim that birth control abuse can cause abortion is a tricky claim. One way that birth control pills help prevent pregnancy is by not allowing the growth of uterine tissue. Thus, people claim that taking birth control pills as a form of abortion will cause the fertilized egg to not attach to the uterine wall for implantation. Though this may be correct, this would not be considered an abortion. Because, according to medical authorities, pregnancy is defined as a fertilized egg that has already been implanted to the uterus.
If a guy claims that he doesn’t wear condoms because they are uncomfortable, then something is not right. Condoms have extra features to make sure they are pleasurable for both men and woman. So, if the condom is uncomfortable, it could be because it is the wrong size. When a condom is too small, it could cause discomfort. Tell your guy to look in to buying the right size, and shape for his body.