Birth Control Myths :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Birth Control Myths

Many people think they can’t get pregnant because they have had unprotected sex before and did not get pregnant. The truth is you can get pregnant every time you have unprotected sex. You need to use birth control AND a condom each time you have sex to protect against pregnancy and STIs.

Want to learn more? Click on the myths below and see what the real answers are. 

 

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If it’s her first, tenth or one hundredth time having sex, it does not matter. If a boy and a girl have unprotected sex she can get pregnant, even on her first time.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy, even on her first time, every time.
 



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Washing or douching after pregnancy will not stop the sperm from swimming up into the uterus and will not stop the sperm from fertilizing an egg. In fact, experts warn against douching at all as it can lead to infections and can increase the your chances of getting an STD.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even if you take a shower after sex, have sex in a pool or hot tub.
 



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Yes she can! No matter the position, gravity does not prevent the sperm from swimming up to try to fertilize the egg.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even when she is on top or you have sex standing up.
 



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Everyone can ovulate at different times during their cycle, so it’s almost impossible to know exactly when you are the most fertile. Also, sperm can fertilize an egg even three days after sex which makes unprotected sex, even while on your period a risk for pregnancy and STDs.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even if you are on your period.
 



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Pulling out before an ejaculation will not prevent a pregnancy. Some sperm can leak out during sex before the ejaculation. Also, if he pulls out and spills sperm right next to vagina, the sperm can swim and she can still get pregnant. So even if he pulls out, she can get pregnant.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even if her pulls out.
 



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It is possible to ovulate before you ever even have your first period, therefore it is possible to get pregnant before you have your period.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even if you have never had a period.
 



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Everyone can ovulate at different times during their cycle, even just a few days after the end of a period. So it’s almost impossible to know exactly when you are the most fertile. Also, sperm can fertilize an egg even three days after sex which makes unprotected sex, even while on your period a risk for pregnancy and STDs.

If you are going to have sex, use dual protection, birth control + a condom. The only way to protect against STDs and pregnancy even if you just had your period.
 



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Abstinence means not having sex and if she is not having sex she will not become pregnant. Complete abstinence means not having any kind of sexual contact, oral, anal or vaginal. Only 100 % complete abstinence can protect you against STDs and pregnancy 100% of the time. 

If you are going to have sex, learn more to see which types of birth control are right for you. 



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