There are plenty of myths around sex and pregnancy. Sometimes, it is hard to figure out what’s true and what’s not.
Most women have run into trouble believing some wrong views about sex and pregnancy.
The following are all things you might have heard about sex and pregnancy, they are popular but so untrue:
MYTH 1: You can’t get pregnant the first time you have sex
May be you are a virgin and you are thinking of your first time with your man, If you have unprotected vaginal intercourse, you can get pregnant!
Sperm can fertilise an egg anytime, whether it is your first time having sex or the 10th time. It’s even possible to become pregnant before ever having a period.
MYTH 2: You can’t get pregnant during your period
A period is defined as the blood loss that happens at the end of an ovulatory cycle, as a result of an egg not being fertilized by a sperm,” explains Michele Hakakha, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist.
No matter your cycle length you can get pregnant during your period. If you have short menstrual cycles or irregular periods, there is a greater chance that you might have an egg present during the time that you are having a period.
A woman’s egg can live for several days, and not all women ovulate two weeks before their period. Also sperm can live up to seven days, even up to a week. So if you ovulate (release an egg) the week after your period, you can get pregnant. It’s not safe to have sex during your period unless you’re using contraception that protects you while on your period, like a condom.
MYTH 3: You can get pregnant by having oral sex
No, it’s not possible to get pregnant from oral sex. Sperm must get into the vagina — and eventually up through the cervix into the uterus.
Pregnancy can only result from sexual intercourse. Even if you swallow semen (sperm), you still cannot get pregnant .
MYTH 4: There are certain sexual positions that will protect you from pregnancy
It doesn’t matter where, when, how or in what position you have intercourse. Even if you have sex in a shower as far as a man’s penis goes inside a woman’s vagina she could get pregnant. All it takes is one egg and one sperm to make you pregnant.
Myth 5: You can’t get pregnant if a man withdraws before he comes
The withdrawal method is a method of birth control in which a male completely withdraws his penis from a woman’s vagina before he ejaculates.
The point of the withdrawal method is to attempt to keep sperm out of the vagina by having the male ejaculate elsewhere.
This is not true, even before a man ejaculates, he releases fluid from his penis. This fluid contains sperm and can very easily result in pregnancy.