Jumping after intercourse, eating lemon and washing up with a coca-cola – these and dozens of such superstitions can still be found on forums about pregnancy.
Unfortunately, such methods of contraception are still believed not only by very young teenagers who have not yet grown up to the topic “Reproductive system” in the knowledge of human anatomy, but also by quite adult men and women, including those with children.
Myth 1: If your partner is a virgin, you will not get pregnant.
A ridiculous but still common myth: that a woman cannot get pregnant at her first sex. Of course, this myth has nothing to do with the truth. Moreover, in very rare cases, pregnancy can occur even if a girl has not yet begun her period.
Myth 2: If a woman has not experienced an orgasm during sex, she will not get pregnant.
If this were true, the population of the Earth would be much smaller: according to various data, up to 75% of women have never experienced vaginal orgasm, and more than half of them regularly do not enjoy making love. For conception you need a male orgasm, but a female orgasm is not necessary at all. Alas, Mother Nature is the last to wonder how pleasant the process of conception will be for a woman – the result is important.
Myth 3: You can’t get pregnant during your menstruation.
Based on this misconception is the so-called calendar method of contraception – by the way, one of the most ineffective. Indeed, pregnancy is only possible in the middle of the menstrual cycle, within a few days after ovulation, when the egg moves from the ovary to the fallopian tube. But the fact is that sperm cells are able to remain active for several days after penetration into the female body, which means that unprotected sex even a few days before ovulation can lead to pregnancy. The same applies to sex during menstruation: sperm remains in the female body and can remain active until ovulation. The probability of conception increases especially if a woman has a short menstrual cycle.
Myth 4: After menopause it is possible to be unprotected
Even if you’ve been through menopause, you still have a chance of conception: a woman’s fertility is maintained for about two years after her menstruation. This should be remembered and protected from unwanted pregnancy at least during this time.
Myth 5: Hormonal contraceptives provide 100% protection
Unfortunately, no method of contraception provides absolute protection. The efficiency of oral hormonal contraceptives is one of the highest – up to 99%, but only if used absolutely correctly. But, unfortunately, many women miss the time of taking the pills, combine them with drugs or products and drinks that reduce the effectiveness. To increase safety, it is worth combining this method of protection with barrier methods of contraception – for example, a condom.
Myth 6: Two condoms are more effective than one
Another amazingly persistent myth, the belief in which can lead to unplanned pregnancy. Not only do two condoms used at the same time not provide a double guarantee of protection, but they can also reduce all protection to nothing: from friction, condoms can tear or form microcracks through which spermatozoa can penetrate the woman’s body.
Myth 7: You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.
“Natural” contraception is in fact very unreliable, the effectiveness of this method is even lower than the calendar one. In fact, breastfeeding protects against pregnancy only during the time when the woman who gave birth has not yet recovered her menstrual cycle.
Myth 8: “Emergency” contraception – 100% reliable “emergency” exit
First, postcoital contraception is very dangerous for the female body. Such a strong hormonal shock can lead to disruption of hormonal balance, endocrine system and even the development of polycystic ovaries. Secondly, the risk that the pill simply will not work is quite high. Finally, thirdly, if the pill was taken after the pregnancy, it will be useless – it is not an abortion medicine.