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Pregnancy Myths That Need to Be Shattered

Pregnancy Myths That Need to Be Shattered

Fact or Fiction? Pregnancy Myths That Need to Be Shattered

We all know that there is a lot of misinformation floating around in our culture about sex and pregnancy. We thought we’d set the record straight on some of the totally bogus notions we all need to know about.

  1. Lubricants make sperm swim faster. In fact, the truth is just the opposite. The use of some lubricants can interfere with sperm motility or may include ingredients that are toxic to sperm. If you are trying to get pregnant, it is best to avoid the use of lubricants altogether.
  2. You cannot get pregnant if you don’t orgasm. While it’s always nice to experience an orgasm, you don’t need to have one to get pregnant. An orgasm can help your uterus contract, which causes the sperm to travel a little faster toward the fallopian tubes, but it is not necessary.
  3. You cannot get pregnant while you are breastfeeding. This is an old, old wives’ tale that many people believe because breastfeeding can keep you period free longer. This means you are less fertile, but all women do not experience this effect. Breastfeeding alone does not mean you cannot conceive. If you are relying on just breastfeeding as your sole form of birth control, you may be in for a big surprise!
  4. Doing it missionary style is the only way to conceive. Again, this is totally untrue. All you need to conceive is deep penetration and that the man ejaculates. Just stay away from the lube and have fun!
  5. Being on the Pill for too long can delay pregnancy. Again, this is totally incorrect. Once you stop taking oral contraceptives, your body will reregulate your cycle within just a few weeks and you’ll be ovulating normally, unless you have other medical issues going on. Barring other issues, you can be ready and able to get pregnant within a few weeks.
  6. For a man, having sex more often increases your chance of making a baby. With conception it is all about timing, not frequency. Conception happens only when a woman is ovulating, which generally occurs some time between the 11th and 17th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Since sperm can live up to 72 hours in a woman’s reproductive tract, you generally have about a 10 day period each month when conception can occur.

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