Sex myths laid bare—it’s time you know the truth.
We’ve all heard some of the more ridiculous myths associated with sex, such as masturbation causes blindness, that women can get pregnant from kissing, or our personal favourite courtesy of Lianne La Havas, “you can’t get pregnant if you’re on top.” However, among the outright ludicrous there are a set of myths that have fooled many of us into believing they might just be true. Read on, as we debunk these myths once and for all…
1. Myth: you can’t get pregnant when you have sex for the first time.
Fact: You wish! There are no exceptions when it comes to unprotected sex—there is a risk of getting pregnant every time you have unprotected sex. Be smart, wear a condom.
2. Myth: All STIs are curable if I go to my local health clinic
Fact: Unfortunately, STI’s like genital herpes and HIV can’t by cured with a simple pill or a cream. These infections stay with you for the rest of your life. However, their symptoms can be effectively controlled with drugs, but in the case of HIV this treatment is life-long. Always ensure you and your partner both stay on top of your sexual health—get regular check-ups and always fully disclose your STI status.
3. Myth: Condoms don’t expire, it’s just a little dry
Fact: So wrong! All condoms have an expiry date, so make sure you check your packaging before unleashing your package. Condoms should always be stored in a cool dry place (not in your wallet—condoms can deteriorate in this environment) and you should discard any old rubbers to ensure maximum protection.
4. Myth: Oral sex and anal sex are “safe” sex
Fact: While it’s true that you can’t get pregnant by having non-vaginal sex, the risks of contracting STI’s is exactly the same (if not higher in the case of anal sex) if you do not use a condom.
5. Myth: I’m on the pill. I won’t catch any STI’s
Fact: Contraceptives like contraceptive pills, patches, rings, or intrauterine devices may prevent pregnancy, but these methods absolutely will not protect you from STI’s. Only barrier methods, like condoms or femidoms can prevent STIs.
6. Myth: Pulling out before ejaculation is effective protection against pregnancy and STIs
Fact: Pulling out does not provide protection against infections and pregnancy because seminal fluids (aka pre-cum) are discharged before ejaculation. Additionally, STI’s such as genital warts are transmitted via skin-to-skin contact.
7. Myth: You can only get pregnant when you are ovulating.
Fact: You can get pregnant during any stage of your menstrual cycle. So to avoid any surprises, always ensure you choose the birth-control method that best suits your needs. A quick visit to your GP or family planning nurse will help you decide.
Send us more of your sex myths and we’ll prove them wrong!
If you are ever worried or unsure about sexual health matters, be sure to contact your local sexual health provider.