So you’re enrolled in sex ed, but you’ve still got unanswered questions. Plenty of them. Especially when it comes to pregnancy—more specifically how. We’ve put together a list of the top 7 (debunked) pregnancy myths out there. And just to clarify: WE DIDN’T MAKE THIS UP. People are actually asking these questions.
Can I get pregnant if I’m a virgin and it’s my first time having sex?
Yes. Your chances of becoming pregnant are always the same: 1 in 20.
Is there an age limit? Can someone be too young?
No. Once a woman is ovulating she can become pregnant. This can happen even before your first period (since ovulation begins 14 days before your period).
What if the guy “pulls out” before he finishes?
Once a guy is aroused, he releases pre-ejaculate fluid. That’s at least 300,000 sperm swimming upstream. And guess what? It only takes 1 to fertilize an egg.
Can I get pregnant if I’m on my period?
Absolutely. For those that have shorter cycles (or are irregular) you can ovulate during your period. And sperm can live in the body for up to 5 days, so if you ovulate within 7 days of having unprotected sex, chances are you could become a mom.
What if you’re having dry sex?
Anytime the penis and vagina come into contact there is the slight chance of pregnancy or STD transmission. All it takes is for seminal fluid to get inside the vagina.
Is it possible to get pregnant by having sex in the pool?
You can get pregnant in any kind of water (i.e. bath, hot tub, you get the idea) if actual intercourse takes place.
Does sperm die once it hits the air?
This is 110% FALSE. Sperm can live for 3-5 days if it’s in a warm, moist environment. It only dies once it’s dry.
Truth—the best way to protect yourself from teen pregnancy and unwanted STDs is abstinence. But, for those that are engaging in sexual activity, condoms and use of proper contraception help to protect against unplanned pregnancy.