Each person has different ideas and suggestions about how to avoid pregnancy, many of which are mainly old wives’ tales. These may not have that much base in reality. The first thing we will do in this article is look at what is fact and which of these suggestions have any basis in reality.
It does make sense that in case you do not really want to get pregnant and avoid the responsibility for another human being for the next decade or so, that you should avoid getting pregnant. Of course there is always the option of terminating your pregnancy, but it can be really traumatic. Instead try and avoid getting pregnant in the first place.
Some myths dispelled:
Withdrawing: This is the instance where the man withdraws his penis before ejaculation. It could be true that this does lessen your chances of getting pregnant, but there is no guarantee of preventing pregnancy. The fact is that the sperm may get released even before ejaculation and this could result in pregnancy if the strongest sperm gets out and fertilizes the egg. In case you are looking for a way to prevent pregnancy, this is not it.
Nobody gets pregnant the first time they have sex: This is another story that you should not buy into as the fact is your body is capable of being impregnated from the time you start your periods. You just cannot assume this and get sexually active without precautions.
Using a douche: This is a way that attempts to wash the sperm from the vagina after sex. Not only does this not work, but it can actually be harmful for you. The thing is that when the ejaculation takes place at the cervix entrance, the sperm that is strongest can bypass the cervix and on to the egg in a couple of minutes. Once a man ejaculates, millions of sperm will start swimming upstream and the douche may be too late to do anything.
Avoiding sex during ovulation: This method involves avoiding intercourse when the eggs are released from the ovaries which falls in the middle of the cycle. The only issue with this is that is the body may find ways to circumvent this problem by changing the time of the egg release. If you think you are avoiding pregnancy by having intercourse on the 6th day after your period, the egg could be fertilized by sperm that can stay alive in your body for up to a week.
Jumping around after intercourse: This sounds absurd, but people believe that by doing this they are using the force of gravity to prevent them getting pregnant. But once the sperm is in, a bit of jumping around will not make that much of a difference.
How to actually avoid getting pregnant:
Avoid intercourse: This is the best way not to get pregnant, and one which many women have taken to doing. But it not something that everyone can do especially when you are on the verge of your sexual prime. It is only natural to want to check out this aspect of your life. But if you are looking not to get pregnant, then abstaining from having sex is the best way to do it.
Have sex without penetration: Another way to explore all aspects of sex without fear of pregnancy is to have intercourse without penetration. There are many methods using which the partners can pleasure one another. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the sperm does not reach the vagina. In case there is sperm on your hands, make sure that it goes nowhere near the vagina as it takes only one drop to make you pregnant.
Using contraception: In case you plan to be sexually active but are avoiding getting pregnant, the sensible thing to do is go to the doctor and talk to him/her about the best method of contraception that will suit you. But you should know that no birth control method comes with a guarantee. There could be mishaps especially when the method is not used correctly. With the pill you need to remember to have it daily and even then other medications could make it ineffective. Condoms are another method of contraception but for this you need to depend on the men and these too are not foolproof.
Keep away from drugs and alcohol: Many teen pregnancies are a result of them having unprotected intercourse when they are under the influence of drugs or drinks. Both of these substances spoil your judgement and make you foolishly impulsive
In case you end up making a mistake: In case you do end up committing an error, then get the morning after pill as soon as possible. It is most effective when you have the pill within a day of the intercourse in order to avoid getting pregnant.