Inspite of the growing awareness, information on the internet and schools imparting sex-education, we still seem to be unaware of so many body functions and especially the reproductive function. Even though it is the woman who goes through the actual process of pregnancy, the man needs to have as much accurate knowledge about it. The myths and false information that spreads around it makes things complicated and in some cases it is fatal. There are misconceptions about sexual health, intercourse, STDs, menstruation and a woman conceiving. Though some of these myths are funny and entertaining to read, they can cause grave situation in real life.
Here we have tried to shed light on 10 such myths.
Myth 1: A particular sex position will improve the chance of conceiving
The male sperms are ejaculated with force and once inside the uterus, they latch themselves on the walls. Gravity has no pulling effect on them. So a sexual position can bring in creativity in the act and intensify the passion, but will not necessarily affect the chances of getting pregnant.
Myth 2: More sex will give sure shot results
I takes only one sperm out of the millions ejaculated, to fertilize the egg. Now women ovulate once every month, so the opportune time would be around those days. That will increase chances getting pregnant.
Myth 3: Unprotected sex first time will not result in pregnancy
Again it takes mating of one sperm and just one egg to conceive. So whether it is your first time or not does not affect the risk of getting pregnant. Using protection and prescribed contraceptives is always the best.
Myth 4: Only two days in each cycle can get you pregnant
Now this not true. Though a woman is the most fertile when she is ovulating, chances on other days can be high. It also depends on the duration of the cycle. A woman may ovulate in the first week of the cycle too. In case you don’t want to get pregnant, use protection.
Myth 5: Sex is safe during menstrual cycle
Though the likelihood is low, it cannot be completely ruled out as safe, because the sperms survive in the uterus for 4-5 days. And in case a woman has a short cycle or early ovulation, the presence of sperm may lead to fertilization of the egg.
Myth 6: No orgasm no risk
Well, no orgasm no fun; but the risk always remains. Orgasm is a way, for a woman to enjoy sex. The contraction she experiences during an orgasm could push the sperms further inside, but this has no direct influence causing or avoiding pregnancy
Myth 7: Home pregnancy test result is accurate
Urine pregnancy test done at home will yield a result only after 20 days of the last period. That is when the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin appears in the urine. Initially only traces of this hormone are found, so the test result could be negative. Hence visiting a doctor and getting the test done is recommended.
Myth 8: Keep your legs upwards in the air after sex, to increase chances of pregnancy
Ridiculous and naïve as it may sound, many people believe this to be true and also vice-versa. Nature has engineered us humans in a way that supports procreation. The sperms, considering the force they are ejaculated with, will reach the uterus no matter what. Getting into poses like this one, will only cause discomfort and take the fun out of the act.
Myth 9: Cut down coffee or alcohol if you want to conceive
If this is true then, people in the regions where the staple diet includes coffee, may not breed at all. Which is not the case. Caffeine and alcohol in excess is harmful for the body in any condition. It can affect the fertility level of the man and woman both. But moderate consumption of coffee or alcohol, supported by a healthy lifestyle, will not prevent pregnancy.
Myth 10: Irregular cycle will hinder conceiving
You are menstruating means you are ovulating. So even if the cycle is uneven, you could still get easily pregnant. Get an ovulation testing kit if necessary and have regular sex during the days you could be most fertile.
The best source of information regarding pregnancy and sexual health is the doctor. Without any inhibition talk to the doctor and clear out any misconceptions you might have in mind. To conceive or not, is a matter of choice for both partners and the choice should not be swayed by wrong information.