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Myth: I can't pregnant if I've never had a period.
FACT: You can become pregnant once you have ovulated. Ovulation takes place prior to your period, even the first time. If you have sex prior to having your period, there is a chance that you can become pregnant.
Myth: I can't get pregnant while I'm having my period.
FACT: There is a chance of becoming pregnant any time you engage in vaginal sex, even during your period. Sperm can remain active from a few hours up to several days. Menstrual cycles are often unpredictable, and there is the possibility that the sperm could still be active when you ovulate, which could result in pregnancy.
Myth: I can't get pregnant the first time I have sex.
FACT: Again, any time you have vaginal sex, you can become pregnant; it doesn't matter if it's your first time. Women are actually most fertile when they are in their teens and early twenties, so the odds of becoming pregnant at this time in your life are at their highest.
Myth: I won't get pregnant if my partner doesn't ejaculate inside of me.
FACT: Practicing "coitus interruptus" (also referred to as "pulling out before ejaculation") can result in pregnancy. Prior to ejaculation, men release a small amount of fluid called "pre-ejaculation," which contains sperm. Anytime sperm enters your vagina, you could become pregnant.
Myth: I won't get pregnant if I have sex during the "safe time" of my menstrual cycle.
FACT: There is one big problem with this myth - how does a woman know for certain when her "safe time" is? Menstrual cycles are very unpredictable, and safe days often differ from month to month. The truth is, there is not a "safe time" to have sex. All vaginal sex can result in pregnancy.
Myth: I am on the pill, so it is very unlikely that I will get pregnant.
FACT: Women do become pregnant while taking the pill. That's because every woman reacts differently to the hormones contained in birth control pills. What is highly effective for one woman may not be as effective for another. No birth control on the market today offers complete protection from becoming pregnant. The only birth control that is 100% reliable is abstinence.
Myth: I can't get pregnant having anal sex.
FACT: It is highly unlikely that a woman would become pregnant after engaging in anal sex. However, given the close proximity of the anal and vaginal openings, there is a slight chance that sperm could enter the vagina during anal sex. Any time sperm enters the vagina, pregnancy is a possibility.