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Myths and Misconceptions About Sex and Pregnancy

Myths and Misconceptions About Sex and Pregnancy

by Pregnancy Care Center on May 8, 2019

When people come to Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass for free pregnancy testing and other services, they often share with us stories of how they thought they couldn’t become pregnant or why they thought they were safe. Many people share these misconceptions, which is why we wanted to look at some of the more common myths about unintended pregnancy and sex, and share the truth for everyone to see. Keep reading and then call us at (541) 479-6264 or visit us online to schedule your free appointment with us.

Myth #1: I Can’t Get Pregnant When I’m On My Period

This is one of the most common misconceptions about sex we hear. Many women think that they cannot become pregnant during their menstrual periods. In truth, it is possible for women to become pregnant during menstruation. The probability is low, but the possibility exists. Also, STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted diseases or infections) can be passed between partners any day of the month -- even during menstruation.

Myth #2: Certain Positions Prevent Pregnancy

Some people believe that by having sex in a certain position it’s impossible to get pregnant. A related myth is that you can prevent pregnancy by positioning yourself a certain way after intercourse. Both of these ideas are false, though. Sperm can travel into your uterus and fertilize an egg no matter what position you are in.

Myth #3: You Can’t Get Pregnant the First Time You Have Sex

Many young women believe that if they are a virgin before having sex, they cannot get pregnant. However, this is not true. The truth is that you can get pregnant even if you’ve never had sex before this encounter.

Myth #4: Condoms and Birth Control Prevent All Pregnancies

While condoms and prescription birth control can help prevent pregnancy, no birth control method is 100% effective. Pregnancies can happen even when you use birth control correctly. All forms of birth control include information about their failure rates - in other words, the percentage of times they weren’t effective. You should also note that prescription birth control methods don’t provide any protection against STDs or STIs. The only way to keep yourself completely safe is not to have sex.

Myth #5: The Morning After Pill is 100% Effective

The morning after pill is marketed as a safe way to prevent pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or if your birth control fails. However, many people believe that this pill is 100% effective. In truth, the pregnancy prevention rate is 60%-87%, depending on what type of morning after medication you take and what study you look at. In addition, the morning after pill should not be used as a regular form of birth control; this is why this medication is also known as emergency contraception. Schedule a free consultation with us today to learn more about these medications.

In truth, the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs 100% of the time is to abstain from having sex. This can be difficult, but it’s the best decision in order to keep yourself safe.

To learn more about pregnancy, sex, and relationships, contact Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass today. Our caring staff will help you and take the time to listen to your concerns. All of our services are confidential and free. Call us today at (541) 479-6264, fill out our online form to request an appointment, or walk into our center at any time to start receiving the care and support you deserve.

Additional Resources:

FDA's List of Birth Control and Emergency Contraception Methods and the Success Rates and Risks Associated with Each: