Contraceptive: Myths And Facts

There is a lot of confusion, surrounding contraceptives, in the minds of most teenage girls, at the time when they are stepping on to the threshold of adulthood. And quite often these confusions go on even till the time of marriage.

Most women usually believe that having unprotected sex during menstruation is perfectly safe to keep pregnancy at bay. Although, it is true that women are less fertile during the first few days and the last few days of menstrual cycle, it doesn’t really apply that they will not become pregnant, having sex during this period.

Now that we’ve already shattered one of your myths, here is another one that if the man ejaculates outside your body you will not become pregnant. While you’re still in the process of sex, the male genitals release fluids for the purpose of lubrication and even these fluids contain some amount of sperm. And as you know, all you need is just one sperm to get pregnant.

A lot many women believe that cleaning their vagina after sex, using vaginal douches can cleanup all the sperm from inside and prevent you from getting pregnant. However, the strategy doesn’t really work because the sperm is usually on the far end of the vagina, which makes it difficult to be washed away with water. Also the time lag between ejaculation and douching is quite sufficient for the sperm to travel up towards the egg. So leave out all the gimmicks and resort to using proper contraceptives only.

There is also a fake notion in the minds of the women folk, that being on the contraceptives pill will prevent them from STDs and the deadlier HIV. But please be clear about it that the pill is only meant for contraception that is birth control, and nothing beyond.

And whether you have unprotected sex once or repeatedly, it doesn’t matter because your odds of getting pregnant or getting affected with STD or AIDS are just the same. Condom is the best way to ensure protection against all the three, but when you’re doing it with a single partner and are sure that your partner doesn’t have STD or HIV; then you could also use a sponge to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Sidharth Thakur