10 Myths About Sex That Need Debunking
Unfortunately adults tend to tiptoe around the subject of sex when it comes to teaching their kids about the birds and the bees, and believe me, it's not to their benefit. Teaching kids about sex is usually left to the schools, and any questions tend to get either ignored, or not fully explored. Did you know that in the U.S., over 800,000 girls aged 15-19 get pregnant yearly, and around 80% of these pregnancies are unintended?
This environment of neglect is leading to some appalling statistics, like the fact that around two young adults (ages 13-29) contract HIV every hour in the U.S., like clockwork. Some of these kids aren't taught about sex at all, which leads to many completely misguided myths regarding sex, sexual diseases, viruses, and other related issues. It's time to debunk some of the myths and teach the younger generation the truth.
Women cannot get pregnant the very first time they have sex
Yes, they can. If your body is ready to have a baby, it doesn't matter if this is the first time you have sex or the 51st time. If your body has released an egg, all it needs is one sperm to fertilize it.
Women cannot get pregnant during their menstrual cycle
It is possible to get pregnant during your menstrual cycle if you are not on birth control or using some type of protection. It all depends on the woman's cycle. Every woman is different with different cycle lengths and that means you could be fertile even when you have your period. In addition, sperm can live in a woman's reproductive tract for up to 72 hours. It's better to be safe than sorry and abstain from sex or use protection even during that time of month. Also, women who have moved into perimenopause – the time right before full menopause when the cycle is unpredictable – should use protection up to a full year after your period has stopped to ensure that there are no late-in-life pregnancies.