Top Five Safe Sex Myths Debunked
We know that the readers of the Adam and Eve blog probably know quite a bit about sex. But – there are those out there that still hang onto a few dangerous myths about STD transmission, as well as ways not to get pregnant. Here are five of the more ridiculous safe sex myths that we’ve come across in the recent months, with exactly why they are oh-so WRONG!
Birth control will also prevent STDs. Unless your method of birth control is a condom, this is simply not true. Pills, implants and shots that are popular forms of birth control do nothing to prevent the body from catching a sexually transmitted disease. Barrier protection traditional male condoms or the female condom is the only way that you can prevent infected body fluids from entering your own body and causing an infection.
Oral and anal sex are both safer than vaginal sex. While you can’t get pregnant from having oral or anal sex, you still can catch a STD. In fact, your chances of getting a sexually transmitted disease from anal sex is actually higher than vaginal sex. That being said, the risk of catching an STD from oral sex is slightly less than vaginal sex – but the risk is still there. Use barrier protection like a condom to prevent STD transmission in both cases. What do you think they make flavored condoms for, anyway?Doubling up on condoms is safer than a single one. There is no need to put two condoms on at the same time. Not only is it a waste of money, the rubbing together of the condoms can actually cause both to fail at a higher rate. If you keep ripping your condoms during sex, be sure you’re putting it on correctly. You may also need a different sized condom. Most manufacturers have condoms specifically for larger sized men, and even those who are smaller than average.
Certain sexual positions prevent STDs and pregnancy. It doesn’t matter if you have sex in a pool, or standing up, or any other position – any time the body comes in contact with infected fluids, there is a risk of STD transmission. This also goes for those who use douche or jumping up and down as a means of birth control – once the fluids are in, it’s nearly impossible to get 100% of it out! Once again we go back to barrier protection as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
If he withdraws, I won’t get pregnant or get an STD. The withdrawal method is the least effective form of birth control currently practiced today. Assuming you do it correctly, there’s a 4% chance of you still becoming pregnant. Not doing it correctly? That chance jumps to 27%. Not only does there need to be a huge level of trust in this birth control method, the guy needs to know exactly when he’s going to cum – which isn’t always easy for those who don’t have a lot of sexual experience. Oh, and for STDs? Most are carried in pre-cum, which is released from the body before you ejaculate, so the risk to catch an infection is still there.