There’s a lot of misinformation out there about sex, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Maybe you’ve heard something you are unsure about (like, can you really get an STI from a toilet seat?). You can read below to find out–what’s a myth and what’s a fact.
Depending on how your partner defines being a virgin. To create an honest, open relationship with your partner – suggest you both get tested together!
There can be a risk for HIV or another blood-borne infection (like hepatitis B or C) if you did not see the instrument come from an unopened bag. Instruments should be used once and thrown away.
You get STIs by having sex (vaginal, oral or anal) or by skin-to-skin touching – NOT from toilet seats.
It’s very uncommon, but it is possible since having your period doesn’t predict when you will release an egg which has to be present for sperm to begin the process of conception.
This is not a wise pregnancy prevention strategy because the behavior is high risk for STDs. Yes, it’s true you can’t get pregnant but the lining of the anus is thin and lubricates less than the vagina so it’s easy for STDs to enter the body that way.
The only way you can get pregnant is if sperm cells enter the vagina, usually during sexual intercourse, and fertilize an egg cell.
True. There is no absolutely safe time of the month when you can’t get pregnant or get someone pregnant.
If gay and lesbian teens engage only in same-sex behaviors, they don’t’ have to worry about pregnancy. However, gay and lesbian teens sometimes engage in penis-in- vagina intercourse and they have to worry about pregnancy if they do.
When girls first start having periods they often have irregular cycles and may even skip a month from time to time. But if a girl has had sexual intercourse and she misses a period, she could be pregnant. She should get tested right away, and see a doctor if the pregnancy test is positive.
It doesn’t matter if you enjoy the sex or you don’t. You can get pregnant if you engage in penis-in-vagina intercourse without using protection.
Douching will not prevent pregnancy. In fact, it can even help carry sperm up into the uterus and increase the chances. The vagina keeps itself clean naturally, so douching isn’t necessary and isn’t recommended. Douching throws off the vagina’s natural balance and can even lead to infection.
It doesn’t matter if both partners have never had sex before. You can get pregnant if you engage in sexual intercourse without using protection.
Sperm doesn’t care what position you’re in. Any time semen comes in contact with the vagina, you can get pregnant. There are no exceptions to that rule.
It does work in theory, but it’s very difficult for many people, especially teens and younger men, to actually pull the penis out before they ejaculate.
A girl may begin releasing an egg 14 days before her first period so it is possible to get pregnant even if she hasn’t had a period yet.
Of course you can! It happens every day.