Once a year, every year, is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Today, May 1st, 2013, is that day!
The best way to prevent teen pregnancy is, of course, by practicing abstinence. Abstinence is 100% effective in preventing the spread of STDs too! However, for those that are having sex, the next best thing to do is to use some form of contraception.
In the United States, teen pregnancy rates are declining. But even so, 3 of every 10 teenage girls become pregnant. Before you think “only 3 of 10? The odds are ever in my favor!,” think again. If you are having sex and aren’t careful, that statistic could be you!
Here are some debunked myths about sex and pregnancy:
Wearing two condoms is extra safe.
WRONG. Actually, wearing two condoms (or using a male condom and a female condom simultaneously) is LESS safe than just using one. When the two condoms rub together, the friction makes it more likely to tear.
Sex in a pool/upside down, doing jumping jacks after, or douching will prevent pregnancy.
WRONG. If you are having sex, best way to prevent unplanned pregnancy is to use some sort of birth control. It’s always a good idea to back up your birth control by using another form of contraception along with your regular one (like wearing a condom and taking the pill).
If I use the “pull-out method,” she won’t get pregnant.
WRONG. Pre-cum, or pre-ejaculate, may also contain sperm. So even if he hasn’t ejaculated in the vagina, it’s still possible that other fluids can get a girl pregnant. It is also possible to get pregnant if semen gets anywhere around a girl’s vulva (the external/visible portion of a girl’s genitals)
Remember, the only way to prevent the spread of STDs is by wearing a condom each and every time you have any form of sex.