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10 Mega Myths About Sex

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1. Pornography is like real life sex
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Not true – People taking part in most pornography are paid actors and they’re doing things to entertain the people watching it. Often, the things that happen all the time in porn aren’t really common in every day sex, but watching lots of porn can make people believe they are.

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2. Everyone is having sex
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Not true  – The decision to have sex is not about what other people are doing. Having sex is a personal choice and just because you have done it before doesn’t mean you have to do it again. If you don’t feel ready, you are not ready.

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3. Boys don’t need to worry about contraception that is the girls responsibility
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Not true– The decision to have sex is a joint one.  You might believe your girlfriend is on the pill or taking other contraception but this is only effective if taken correctly.  The only way to protect against STI is by using a condom.

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4. STI tests are only for those who sleep around
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Not true– Anyone can get an STI who has unprotected Oral, vaginal and Anal Sex can become infected with an STI. It only takes one time to happen so it’s always best to practice safe Sex. Sometimes people may not realise they have an STI as they might not have symptoms.  It’s not always possible to tell if someone has an STI. Yearly tests are recommended or each time there is a change of partner.

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5. You can’t get pregnant if you have sex in a bath, standing up and on your first time
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Not true- There are lots of myths around having sex, buts that’s exactly what they are – myths!  If you have any unprotected sex at any time you are at risk of getting pregnant.

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6. I would be able to tell if they had a STI
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Not true –There is no way of being certain that your partner doesn’t have an STI unless you both have been tested.  Before you consider having sex it’s important to talk to your partner about a full STI screen to make sure you both know for certain.

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7. You can’t use condoms if you’re allergic to latex condoms
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Not true– Condoms come in all shape and sizes and are available in latex free.  If you struggle to use condoms you need to practice putting them on.

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8. If a he pulls out when he ejaculates she can't get pregnant
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Not true – Before a boy ejaculates, there’s sperm in the pre-ejaculatory fluid (sometimes called pre-come), which leaks out when he gets an erection. It only takes one sperm to get a girl pregnant. If you have unprotected sex you’re at risk of pregnancy and STI.

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9. Drinking alcohol or using drugs isn't a good mix when it comes to sex
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True – When you’re drunk or under the influence of drugs it’s hard to make smart decisions. Alcohol and drugs can make you take risks, such as having sex before you’re ready, or having sex with someone you don’t like. You’re more likely to regret having sex if you do it when you’re drunk. You may also be at risk of a sexual assault and rape if you’re too drunk you can’t legally consent to sex and no one can make you.

 

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10. You have to use emergency contraception the morning after sex
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Not true  – This is a common misconception due to the emergency hormonal contraception nickname being the ‘morning after pill’. Emergency contraception pill can be given up to 5 days after unprotected sex the sooner they’re taken the better. If you’re worried you have missed this time frame there are other options available to speak to your School Nurse.

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