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November 16, 2018

Five Most Common Contraception Myths

Contraception myths are some of the most annoying myths. If you believe in the wrong ones, you might end up pregnant (or with a pregnant partner) even though you thought you did everything right.

 

MYTH 1: I CAN HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX DURING 'SAFE DAYS'

Counting safe days is one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy, as menstrual cycles change constantly. So unless you have an extremely regular cycle, or use ovulation tests, you really can't know for sure when your safe days are.

 

MYTH 2: YOU CAN USE BALLOONS OR PLASTIC WRAP IF YOU ARE OUT OF CONDOMS

Condoms may look like balloons, but balloons are not made to prevent pregnancies. They are made from different materials that can irritate the genitals and they are not made to fit over a penis properly. So if you are planning to have sex, you better stock up on the real thing!

 

MYTH 3: TWO CONDOMS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Using two condoms (or a female and a male condom) increases the chance of the condoms slipping and sperm spilling. So using one condom correctly is actually a lot safer than using two at once!

 

MYTH 4: THE PILL WILL MAKE YOU FRIGID

The pill does not cause infertility. There is also no indication that it will take a woman longer to get pregnant once she stops taking the pill, compared to women who have not used hormonal birth control methods previously.

 

MYTH 5: THE WITHDRAWAL METHOD IS REALLY EFFECTIVE

In a perfect situation, it's not a bad method. But sex is very rarely perfect. Out of 100 women who use this method for a year, 27 will get pregnant. So unless you don't mind these odds, you might want to look into other methods.

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