5 Common Myths About Contraception Busted
Many myths surround sex, fertility and contraception. Proper knowledge and information help you in gaining proper understanding about these things. To help you gain true knowledge, here’s a list of 5 common myths about contraception:
1. Breastfeeding mothers do not need contraception
Well, if you don’t mind getting pregnant again, then you can take the risk of having no contraception while breastfeeding. When your baby is on your milk, your body produces hormone prolactin which in turn affects the ovulation process. However, there’s no 100 percent guarantee that it will continue doing so at regular intervals. That is, you may start ovulating if that hormone level falls and end up getting pregnant if you are not using the protection of some contraceptive device.
2. You don’t need a protection a week before and a week after your menstrual cycle
Again this method doesn’t protect you against pregnancy for sure. It’s true that ovulation process starts on the 14th day after menstrual cycle, so that makes a week before and week after menstrual cycle, relatively “safe” periods. But still, there are chances you may conceive during that time also. This happens because there may be irregularities in menstrual cycle that may alter ovulation period. Also, the average menstrual cycle is of 28 days, but it differs with women, thereby making this method somewhat unreliable. So to be on safe side, you must use a contraceptive device.
3. Premature withdrawal ensures you don’t fall pregnant
Often couples believe that as long as the man doesn’t ejaculate inside the woman, she can’t get pregnant. The fact is that before the actual ejaculation, the man does release some ‘liquid’ which may contain sperms. So if the man withdraws before actual ejaculation, even then the woman may end up getting pregnant. All it takes is one tiny sperm to fertilize the egg, and mere contact with the liquid may cause that to happen. Sperms are pretty fast and active!