With the Philippines being an extremely religious country, a lot of eyebrows are raised whenever the subject of sex education in school curriculum comes up. And if the adults in their lives don’t want to talk about it, teens might have a hard time separating fact from fiction. Here are a few misconceptions teens have about sex.
The amount of time that you have sex per se is the major for getting pregnant
It’s a misconception that daily intercourse enhances chances of pregnancy. In fact, having intercourse every day can actually significantly decrease sperm count and decrease chances of pregnancy. However, the likelihood of becoming pregnant is dramatically increased if you have intercourse in the three days leading up to and including ovulation.
You can’t get pregnant if you have sex during your period
It is possible. You are most likely to become pregnant during ovulation, which generally occurs 14 days after the start of your last period—but this time is variable. Sperm can live in a woman’s body for five days; if it is still present during ovulation, you can get pregnant.
The tighter the condom, the better
When it comes to condoms, knowledge and skill are more important than anything else. You should always properly put on a condom and take precautions to hold onto it while pulling it out. Condoms are 98% effective when used correctly. You might have heard the statistics that condoms are only 85% effective, but that’s taking human error into account (i.e. the people who put them on wrong). If you take the time to learn how to put them on correctly, there’s only a 2% margin of error.
“Pulling out” works
The “pull-out method” is not a good form of birth control. There is a high risk of pregnancy, since a man may unknowingly release sperm inside the vagina before his orgasm. Sperm can also find their way into the vagina from outside the opening if the male is slow to pull out and starts to ejaculate before he has completely removed his penis from the vaginal area.
Gay guys only have anal sex
Actually, the most common type of sex homosexual males have is oral. But as for anal sex, they are considerably more cautious about the dangers of the behavior than heterosexuals: They are more likely to use condoms for STD protection, whereas heterosexuals generally only think of condoms as birth control for penile-vaginal sex.
Use protection every time you have sex, especially during anal sex. But, ideally, you should use one for oral sex as well. Use only water-based lubricants, not petroleum jelly, body lotion, or oils. Oil-based lubricants can weaken latex condoms and cause them to break.
It is important for teenagers to receive proper education about sex; depriving them of information places them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, and diseases like chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, and AIDS.