Teen Sex Myths

Due to a lack of knowledge, teenagers oftentimes hear and spread myths about sex. The Doctors tackle three questions that answer common myths about sex.

No. 1: Can I get pregnant during my period?
It is possible to become pregnant during your period because sperm can live for three days in a woman's body. Also, women can mistake slight bleeding with ovulation as the start of their period, and having unprotected sex during ovulation can greatly increase the chance of pregnancy.

“Periods can be irregular cycles,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “If a girl has a shorter cycle, she can ovulate earlier in that cycle and still be bleeding, especially if she bleeds longer.”

“No matter what, whether there's a period or no period, if you do decide to be sexually active — condom, condom, condom,” Dr. Travis implores.

No. 2: Is it possible to have safe oral sex?
Oral sex can be just as dangerous as regular sex, because you can contract a sexually transmitted disease through any form of sex; oral, vaginal or anal. The Doctors stress that even during oral sex, using protection is extremely important.

Protection for oral sex includes using a dental dam for woman, or a condom for the man. Twenty-five percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 19 will contract some form of STD, so protecting yourself is key.

No. 3: Can I get pregnant in a pool or hot tub?
Many teens believe that by having sex in a pool or a hot tub, they are at less of a risk of becoming pregnant because the chlorine or heat will kill the sperm, but that is not true.

“The only thing the chlorine will kill is the vaginal pH!” Dr. Travis says. “So not only are you going to be irritated, you can still get pregnant, still get STDs. You can hang out in a pool or hot tub all you want, but if you're having sex, it doesn't make it safe sex. It doesn't mean that you're not going to pass on STDs or get pregnant."