Not many teenagers know how they can protect themselves from getting pregnant. Out of curiosity, teenagers indulge in intercourse only because they want to join the band wagon of, “I did it”. More often, it so happens that the knowledge they might have about pregnancy would just be a myth. In the course of growing up, with various experiences, teenagers would gain information about sex. What is important is that he/she should be able to understand, if what has been told is a myth or a fact. It is important that every teenager must be aware of sex and pregnancy so that he/she does not get into unwanted pregnancies and fall prey to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is also important to understand that when having sex, you are at a high risk of being responsible for a probable life. Here we list down some of the most popular myths about what teens believe about pregnancy.
I am doing this during my periods, I cannot get pregnant
Most teenage girls believe that they cannot get pregnant during the time of menstruation, and hence most of them indulge in unprotected sex. But, the fact is that a sperm stays alive in the vagina for almost 7 days. And a girl would ovulate just a few days after her menstruation period. This means that there are chances that when a girl finishes her period and ovulates, the sperm that might be active, may mate with the egg and this might end in a pregnancy. So never ever have unprotected sex even during your period. You are always at a great risk of getting pregnant, if you are indulging in sexual activities.
I had soda before sex, the girl cannot get pregnant
Some teenage boys think that having soda before having sex reduces their sperm count. Hence, they can have sex yet not get the girl pregnant. But, the fact is that no soda reduces sperm count. There are good chances that the girl might get pregnant. Do not buy this soda idea from any boy as it is utterly ineffective.
Teenagers would love to get pregnant
Most teens would not want to get pregnant. It is mostly their inquisitiveness that gets them into the act. Studies show that due to lack of proper knowledge of safe sex, teenage pregnancies happen. Surveys show that only about 4.9 percent of teenagers indulge in sex to get pregnant. Others said that their indulgence in sex very early in life is due to various factors, curiosity to have sex is one major reason.
Most teenage pregnancies happen due to pressure for sex by adolescent males
Many people believe that teenage pregnancies occur because of adolescent boys uncontrollable hormones. But the fact that many researches show is that 70 percent of children born to teenage moms were fathered by men who are above 20 years of age. This means that teen pregnancies mostly are happening because of sexual relationships with adult men. This might be shocking, but it stands as a tall fact.
Birth control pills can be had by a girl just before having sex
If you feel that just by popping a birth control pill before having sex can save you from pregnancy, you are wrong. For the birth control pills to take effect, hormones need to build up due to the usage of pills on a regular basis. There needs to be some kind of discipline maintained in the order to take the pills. You need to take them at the same time everyday. Failing to take the pills regularly will make your birth control process ineffective. Also some teenage girls would start taking the pills on the day that they may have sex. Taking the pills on the day of having sex does not serve as any birth control.
Condoms are reusable
The idea of reusing the condom is useless. In fact, once out of the packet, you should either use or discard it. And once the condom is used during sex, you need to throw it away. If you reuse the condom, you would be at a risk of falling prey to sexually transmitted diseases. Also they might not be as effective as they were in the first use because of the wear and tear. Never take chances, get yourself a new condom each time you have sex. They are not expensive, but they do put a load off your head.
Sex in water does not end in pregnancy
If the male’s sperms contact the vagina, chances of pregnancy get amplified. In fact, if the temperature of the water is adequate, the sperm survives outside the body for quite a few minutes. Bottom line is that no matter where and how you have sex, if you do not have protection, you are brightening your chances of conceiving.
If it is my first time, I can’t get pregnant
Many teenage girls believe that they cannot get pregnant, if they have sex for the first time. But the truth is that if a girl is ovulating and indulging in sexual activity, chances are high that she will become pregnant. Pregnancy occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg. It is obvious that the sperms and the eggs would not know that this is your first time! It is important that you are aware of safe sex methods before you have sex, even for the first time.
If I conceive, I will eat a pineapple to have a miscarriage.
If you get pregnant and want to have a miscarriage, pineapples is definitely not a solution. By eating a pineapple or drinking the juice of pineapple will not result in a miscarriage. The ovarian process is not hindered as the pineapple has not got the required amounts of acidic behavior. But bear in mind that too much of pineapples may result in stomach ulcers and they do not help you in any way to get rid of the pregnancy.