Birth Control Myths (cont.)
A woman can get pregnant any time ovulation occurs, even if it is your first
time having sex.
- I won't get pregnant if I take a shower or bath right after sex, or if I
urinate right after sex.
Washing or urinating after sex will not stop the sperm that have already
entered the uterus through the cervix.
- The pill is always effective immediately after you begin taking it.
In some women, one complete menstrual cycle is needed for the hormones in the
pill (oral contraceptive) to work with the woman's natural hormones to prevent
ovulation. Some doctors recommend using a back-up method of birth control the
first month of taking the pill.
Reviewed by the doctors at
The Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and
Last Editorial Review: 8/31/2009
The National Women's Health Information Center.
Reviewed by Robert S. Phillips, MD on July 08, 2008
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