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Pregnancy Myths

Pregnancy Myths

If the penis is pulled out from the vagina before ejaculation, a person can't get pregnant. FALSE!

  • Sperm can be released in pre-ejaculate, which are drops of fluid that come out of the penis before ejaculation.
  • The penis may also not be pulled out in time.

A person can't get pregnant if they have sex during their period. FALSE!

  • Sperm can live inside the uterus and fallopian tubes for 5 to 7 days.
  • If someone has unprotected intercourse during their period and then releases an egg (ovulates) the sperm can fertilize the egg.

A person can't get pregnant the first time they have sex. FALSE!

  • Someone can become pregnant as soon as they start to release eggs (ovulate) and this could be the first time having sex.

A person can't get pregnant if they have sex in different positions. FALSE!

  • Sperm are fast "swimmers" and can reach an egg during any type of vaginal intercourse.

A person can't get pregnant if they are on drugs or drunk. FALSE!

  • Anytime people have penis and vagina intercourse there is a chance for pregnancy to occur.
  • Drugs and alcohol do not do not stop the sperm and egg from meeting.

2 condoms are better than 1. FALSE!

  • This actually increases the chance of becoming pregnant.
  • Using 2 condoms at the same time creates friction between them and this can make them burst.

If a person takes birth control pills just before having sex they won't get pregnant. FALSE!

  • A person needs to take birth control pills regularly for 7 days before these become effective.

If a person goes pee after sex they cut down the chance of getting pregnant. FALSE!

  • Going pee has no impact on the sperm that have entered the vagina.

A person can't get pregnant if they have sex in a shower, bath or pool. FALSE!

  • Having intercourse in a watery environment does not protect against pregnancy.
  • It's also not a good idea to have sex in a bathtub or pool because it can force bath water into the vagina and may cause an infection.

If the person with a penis masturbates before intercourse, their partner can't get pregnant because the sperm are weakened. FALSE!

  • If someone has recently ejaculated, leftover sperm may still be present in the urethra. The sperm will be released into the vagina in the pre-ejaculate (drops of fluid that leave the penis before ejaculation).

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