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Top 8 Myths About Safe Sex and Sexual Health

Updated on November 1, 2012

Where do you get your information about sex? Internet? Friends? Asking about sex related questions can be embarrassing, so many people seek help on the Internet. Internet can be convenient and discreet, but many times, search for sex help can lead to wrong information. So here are 9 wrong beliefs about sex.

1. You Can Get STD From Toilet Seats?
STD viruses and germs don't survive long time outside the body. So there is greater chance of catching cold than a STD from getting in contact with places you think are dirty or germ-filled. Rather, you have to be careful about skin-to-skin or mouth-to-mouth contact. Exchanging bodily fluid is particularly dangerous in spreading STD. Kissing can spread STD such as herpes.

2. You Can't Get Pregnant On Your First Sex?
According to studies, 20% of the people got pregnant during the first month starting to have sex.

3. You Can't Get Pregnant During Menses?
You can get pregnant during your period because ovulation period differs from female to female. For some, menstruation period and ovulation period can overlap and can get pregnant. Also, menstrual irregularity before menopause can cause late pregnancy.

4. Postcoital Contracetption Causes Abortion?
The popular postcoial contracetption Plan B doesn't always cause abortion. Its function is to stop fertilization before it happens. It is definitely different from RU-486, which is an abortion pill made in France. But 10 out of 34 websites doesn't accurately describe the difference between 'Plan B' and 'RU-486.'

5. Birth Control Pills Cause Weight Gain?
Clinical tests haven't found correlation between weight gain and birth control pills. The only contraceptive method found to have correlation with weight gain is a birth control shot called 'DMPA.'

6. Intrauterine Devices (IUD) Aren't Safe for Teens?
Intrauterine devices (IUD) stop pregnancy for up to 12 years. The belief that IUD cause pelvic inflammatory is outdated and false.

7. HPV Shots Prevent Cervical Cancer?
Gardasil and Cervarix are vaccines that stop human papilloma virus which cause cervical cancer. But it was found that these two vaccines don't stop 30% of cervical cancers. So it is recommend to get regular check-ups after getting vaccinated.

8. Douche Is a Good Contraceptive Method?
Female vagina cleans itself on its own. So douche can do more harms than good. The natural bacteria in vagina helps to keep it stay clean. Also, doche can push sperms inside the vagina, causing to induce pregnancy.


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