On Tuesday, April 26, Teen Mom stars Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and Kailyn Lowry hosted ‘Top 10 Outrageous Sex Myths” on MTV. As the title suggests, the teen moms addressed some common sex myths and explained the truth to viewers. I did not watch the half hour special, but it’s great these girls are exposing these lies and giving teens and young adults the right information.
Let’s face it, even some adults (myself included) don’t know all the correct answers when it comes to sex. Want to see if you can separate fact from fiction? Read on!
True or False: A woman can’t get pregnant the first time she has sexual intercourse.
Answer: FALSE! Even if it’s her first time, there is always a 1 in 20 chance a woman could get pregnant. Women can get pregnant any time after she starts ovulating, meaning that she can become pregnant BEFORE she has her first period.
True or False: Peeing, douching, showering or bathing after sex will keep a woman from getting pregnant.
Answer: FALSE! Even if you pee, douche, shower or bath immediately after sex, it wouldn’t be fast enough to wash sperm out of your reproductive tract. There is truth to the myth that douching with Coca-Cola can kill sperm. However, it’s not recommended because it can mess up a woman’s reproductive tract. Plus, there’s still that 1 in 20 chance of getting pregnant.
True or False: A woman can’t get pregnant if he “pulls out”.
Answer: Ah, the time-tested pull out method. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “pulling out” means that the male withdraws his penis from a woman’s vagina before he ejaculates (also known as cums). As you may have guessed, this is FALSE, FALSE, FALSE! I can’t stress enough how FALSE this is! Once a man is aroused, he produces pre-ejaculate fluid (also known as pre cum) which contains about 300,000 sperm. Sperm can swim so if a man cums near or on a woman’s vagina she can still get pregnant. And of course, some guys don’t realize that they’re cumming until it’s too late.
True or False: A woman can’t get pregnant if she has sex during her period, during a full moon, standing up or in a pool or hot tub.
Answer(s): False, False, False, False and False. No matter where, when, or how you have sex, there’s still that 1 in 20 chance a woman can become pregnant.
True or False: The pill immediately starts working once you begin taking it.
Answer: False. Some women need to complete one menstrual cycle before the hormones in the pill work with a woman’s natural hormones.
True or False: A woman can’t get pregnant while breast-feeding.
Answer: False. Although breastfeeding does delay ovulation, there’s still a 1 in 20 chance I woman could get pregnant
True or False: Birth control pills can cause breast cancer.
Answer: False. There is no conclusive evidence that birth control pills lead to cancer. According to Planned Parenthood, there’s only a 1/3 increase in risk. However, if you smoke the risk of cancer and blood clot can increase.
True or False: You can use Saran Wrap or a balloon in place of a condom.
Answer: False. Last time I checked, a penis wasn’t a sandwich and doesn’t need to be kept fresh. Not only does using Saran Wrap or a balloon pose a threat to a woman’s reproductive tract, it can also be threatening and painful to a man’s penis. So just use a condom.
True or False: Jumping up and down after sex will keep a woman from getting pregnant.
Answer: False. The sperm swim up the reproductive tract too fast and are too small for this to work. There’s still a 1 in 20 chance of getting pregnant.
True or False: A condom should be extremely tight on a man’s penis.
Answer: False. While a condom needs to fit snugly, it should never be too tight or too loose. If it’s too slight it can break. If it’s too loose it can slip off. Because of this it’s important that a guy find a condom that fits just right.
True or False: Birth control pills protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Answer: False. Although birth control pills can protect against pregnancy, they can’t protect you against STDs. That’s why it’s vital to use a condom EVERY time you have sex.
How well did you do? Were you able to know which sex myths were true and which myths were false? No matter how well you did, keep in mind that is vital to know the right information. Knowledge is power. The more we know about sex, the less likely you will make a mistake when it comes to it. If you aren’t sure of something when it comes to sex, the best thing you can do is seek answers from a professional.