Let’s talk about something that can be a little uncomfortable for some- sex. Growing up, adults avoided it, and teachers tried to get around it- even though people have tons of questions! Talking about sex can be awkward and/or nerve wracking. A lot of what we end up learning about comes from peers or the Internet- and is more often than not false. Among some famous myths about sex include:

  • The pullout method is effective in preventing pregnancy. MYTH! 

FACT:The best way you can avoid pregnancy is by using a condom or other contraceptives. Be sure to check all expiration dates of condoms, use one at a time, and keep your condoms in cool, dry places. Hint: Your wallet is not a good place.

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    As long as there is no penetration there is no risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).MYTH!

FACT:The only effective way to avoid STI’s is through using barrier methods such as condoms. Important to note that STIs like herpes and HPV can be contracted via skin-to-skin contact.

  • Having sex in water will stop you from getting pregnant. MYTH!

FACT:Having sex in water does not prevent pregnancy.

  • It is not necessary to use barrier methods such as dental dams and condoms when practicing oral or anal sex. MYTH!

FACTSTI’s can still be contracted and transmitted during oral and anal sex

  • You will know if you have an STI because symptoms will always be present. MYTH!

FACT: For many, STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can go undetected because of the lack of noticeable symptoms. Best way to know if you have been infected is to get tested. If you

With all of the myths and misinformation it is important to have clear and correct information. To learn more visit:

www.bedsider.org

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens/sex/the-ten-biggest-myths-about-sex

http://stayteen.org/ask/series/myths

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/std.html

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