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Sex myths

When it comes to sex, you hear so many stories that it’s hard to know what to believe. Everyone wants to be an expert on the subject, but the best way to keep safe and get clued-up is to be familiar with the facts.


Sex myths busted

Myth: You can’t get pregnant the first time you have sex
Truth: If you have sex and don’t use contraception you could get pregnant. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time or you’ve had sex lots of times. You can get pregnant as soon as your ovaries start producing eggs and that happens before you’ve had your first period.

Myth: If a guy pulls out before he ejaculates you won’t get pregnant
Truth: Before a boy ejaculates, or comes, he releases pre come and this contains sperm. It only takes one sperm to get you pregnant. Pre come can also contain STIs.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period
Truth: If you have sex without using contraception at any time of the month you could get pregnant. Sperm can live inside you for up to seven days - so even if you do it during your period, sperm can hang around long enough to get you pregnant.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant if you do it standing up
Truth: There’s no such thing as a ‘safe’ position if you’re not using a condom or another form of contraception – there are no ‘safe’ places either including the bath or shower.

The best way to protect yourself against unwanted pregnancy and STIs is to use a condom every time you have sex.

Myth: Sex doesn’t feel as good if you use a condom
Truth: Condoms are made from a very thin material so you can still feel everything - and they can make sex easier because they’re lubricated.

As well as preventing pregnancy, condoms are the only way to protect against STIs like Chlamydia, warts, Gonorrhea and HIV.

Myth: You can get pregnant by having oral sex
Truth: If you have oral sex, you can’t get pregnant, even if you swallow a lad’s sperm. Oral sex can lead to STIs such as Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Herpes – so it’s safer to use a condom. Some people prefer to use flavoured condoms when they’re having oral sex.

Myth: Drinking lots of alcohol makes your first time better
Truth: Alcohol can make you take unnecessary risks, like having sex before you’re ready, and it will not make the experience any better. In fact, you’re more likely to have regrets if you’re drunk when you do it.

You can only have your first time once and always remember to use contraception and make sure you know how to use it properly.

More myths busted -

  • you cannot re-use a condom if you wash it out  
  • you don’t have to have sex every night to get pregnant
  • keeping your eyes closed doesn’t stop you getting pregnant
  • drinking alcohol before sex won’t stop you getting pregnant
  • if a boy doesn’t have sex his testicles will not explode
  • going to the loo straight after sex won’t stop you getting pregnant