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Readers Respond: Common Birth Control Myths

Responses: 40


Updated May 01, 2009

Studies have showed that, out of a list of eight reasons for having sex, having a baby is the least frequent motivator for most people. All throughout history, people have wanted to be able to decide when and whether to have a child. Given this, birth control methods have been used in one form or another for thousands of years.

As contraceptives evolved, so too have myths surrounding their use. How much do you know about birth control myths, birth control facts, and your chances of becoming pregnant? Share the birth control myths that you have heard (even if you are not sure if they are actually myths). What Have You Heard?

Standing during sex

Standing during sex protects against pregnancy... this is a myth. You can still get pregnant even if you have sex standing up.
—Guest Asiphe

Response to John Carter

For the majority of women, male semen/sperm (regardless to how much is ejaculated) does not cause any health problems. That being said, research has shown that certain symptoms, like vaginal itching, burning and swelling may occur shortly after having sex if a woman is allergic to her partner’s sperm. Semen can lower the pH scale in the vagina, disrupting the normal acidic environment. For some women, this may lead to an overgrowth of bacterial and yeast growth. One way that yeast infections are caused is when the vagina's normal bacteria are unable to keep naturally occurring yeast under control. Finally, a woman’s health can be affected if her partner has any type of sexually transmitted infection (STD) as STDs can be passed from sperm into the vagina.
—Guest Educated User

too much sperm

Can a female get sick if a man ejaculates in her too much (when she is on birth control) or can this have any affect on her health?
—Guest john carter

Response to Ashley

Some women (very few) report that their partners can feel the strings of an IUD during sex (not the actual IUD). A penis should not be able to knock the IUD out of place. If feeling the strings becomes a problem, a woman can go to her doctor and ask to have the strings shortened (a very easy thing to do).
—Guest Educated User

Feeling the IUD

I have heard that when you have the mirena, your sexual partner can sometimes feel it when having sex, and I was wondering if a penis could actually reach and feel the IUD, or even maybe knock it out of place
—Guest Ashley

Response to Kimberly

This is a myth - both a male and female wearing a condom DOES NOT decrease the likelihood of getting pregnant. In fact, "double bagging" can actually increase friction between condoms, making them more likely to rip or tear. Never use 2 condoms (male/male or male/female) at the same time. See: http://contraception.about.com/od/malecondom/f/twocondoms.htm
—Guest Educated User

Wearing Two Condoms

Both the female and male wearing a condom decreases the likelihood of getting pregnant.
—Guest Kimberly


I heard that hormonal contraception causes abortions. No I do not believe this. Most hormonal contraceptives are just that: contraceptive. True contraceptives do not cause abortions, but prevent conception.

Response to Martha

That is a myth -- as long as you have taken all of your pills, every day, for the first 3 weeks of your pill pack, then you have enough hormones stored up in your body to protect you from getting pregnant during the placebo (Week 4) week of your pack. You can have sex during this time with no worries about becoming pregnant. Just make sure that you start your next pack on time!
—Guest Educated User

Birth Control

The birth control I'm on has 21 Blue Pills and 7 white pills, to allow the menstrual cycle. Is it a myth that you can get pregnant during if you have sex on those 7 days?
—Guest Martha

Response to mhaze85

This is a myth. The Depo Provera shot does not kill any of your eggs. Some women have difficulty getting pregnant when they stop Depo Provera (which is where this myth may have stemmed from), but this difficulty has to do with the fact that it can take up to 9 months to a year for a women's fertility to start back up once she has stopped Depo. This means that it could take this long before she begins to OVULATE again (to release an egg that can then be fertilized by a sperm). It has nothing to do with eggs being killed, just that it can take a while for them to begin to be released again. It all has to do with hormones.
—Guest Educated User

depo shot

I was told when you are on the depo that it kills your eggs and you will not be able to have children . A few yrs back i was on the depo shot only 3 months and i ended pregant so i would like to know if its true.
—Guest mhaze85

Response to MICHELE009

YES - if you can no longer feel the strings of your Mirena (or any IUD), you should call your doctor. There is the chance that it could have come out (without you knowing) or moved where it isn't supposed to be. In the meantime, use a back-up birth control method (like a condom) to be on the safe side. Good luck!
—Guest Educated User

im just wondering

What if i have mirena as a birth control but i cant feel the string anymore? Should i go to a doctor for back up?

unprotected sex while on your period

Okay. So I've heard since I was in my teens that when you are on your period you can have unprotected sex and not get pregnant! I mean, at first it sounded very accurate but then it hit me. There is no such thing that you can have sex while you are on your menstrual cycle and not get pregnant!!!! Honestly, I feel like maybe that's the reason why we're having so many unwanted teen pregnancies -- its just the ignorance and not being informed well.
—Guest astrid89

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