Birth Control Myths

There are a number of birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. There also is a lot of misinformation about how to use contraception, as well as some methods that simply do not work.

Following are some common myths about birth control and contraception:

  1. I'm breastfeeding so I can't get pregnant.

While breastfeeding tends to postpone ovulation, this is not a guarantee. Ovulation can occur even when a woman is breastfeeding. The nursing mother should use birth control if she wishes to avoid getting pregnant.

  1. You can't get pregnant if the woman doesn't have an orgasm.

Pregnancy occurs when a sperm from the man fertilizes an egg from the woman. While the man must ejaculate to release sperm, it is not necessary for the woman to have an orgasm to get pregnant. A woman of childbearing age usually releases an egg each month as part of her regular menstrual cycle. This occurs whether or not the woman has sex or an orgasm.

  1. I won't get pregnant if I douche after sex.

Douching is not an effective method of contraception. After ejaculation, the sperm enter the cervix and are out of reach of any douching solution.

  1. I don't need contraception because we only have sex during the "safe" time. You're only fertile one day a month.