Campus Love Talk: Myths and Facts about Making Love

Campus Love Talk: Myths and Facts about Making Love

Finding facts about sex and related “activities” can be a difficult exercise and Information about sex from social media, movies, friends, fantasies and what society thinks tend to confuse us the more.

What is the truth and what is a myth about sex remains a “myth”. We have compiled top 10 myths and their truths as we try to clear the confusion when it comes to sex and healthy sexuality.

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Myth #1: Making love is painful.

Truth: Sex should feel good –even if you are having sex for the first time or if you have had sex before . Feeling safe and comfortable is what’s important. If someone is nervous or tense, their muscles will contract, which may cause discomfort. If something does not feel good, tell your partner. You may need to slow down, use a lubricant or stop until you are feeling ready and comfortable.

Myth #2: You can only get pregnant through penetration

Truth: Any activity that introduces sperm to the vaginal area makes pregnancy possible without penetration. Keep in mind these seminal fluids can be transferred to the vagina via toys, fingers, and mouths — not just penises

Myth #3: Condoms take away the feeling and pleasure of sex.

Truth: Condoms come in different colours, shapes and sizes. Comfort and fit is important – you may need to try more than one brand to find what works for you. Other than abstinence, condoms are still the best way to prevent STIs and pregnancy. Let’s be honest, safe sex is a turn-on.

Myth #4: Oral sex is safe sex.

Truth: Oral sex is safer if you choose to engage in sexual activity, but sexually transmitted infections can still be transmitted by oral sex due to the exchanging of bodily fluids.

Myth #5: You can’t get pregnant if….

a) you have your period
b) it’s your first time
c) you pull out
d) you are in certain positions
e) by rinsing with water after or using a douche

Truth: Pregnancy can occur when a sperm contacts and fertilizes an egg. While only one egg is released each month, ejaculation (and pre-ejaculate) carries about 200 million sperm. And it only takes one sperm to fertilize an egg. The best way to prevent pregnancy is by using a barrier (condom) and birth control.

Myth #6: You can tell if someone has a sexually transmitted infection.

Truth: It is true that someone might have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but not always. The only way one might know that they have a sexually transmitted infection is by getting tested.

Myth #7: Condoms means safe sex.

Truth: The use of condoms during sex will indeed prevent you from getting a sexually transmitted infection and keep you from getting pregnant but only when you use them properly. Pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection may also occur if the condom breaks during sexual intercourse. Thus, it’s important to choose the proper condom and wear it correctly.

The proper steps to using a condom: https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/male-condom-use.html

Myth #8: Pulling out before ejaculation is safe.

Truth: Men discharge bodily fluids before the ejaculation phase and women also produce vaginal fluids during arousal, and the exchange of bodily fluids could cause pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections even if one pulls out before ejaculation.

Myth #9: HIV can be transmitted through any bodily fluids.

Truth: HIV is transmitted through four bodily fluids which are semen, blood, breast milk, vaginal secretions, and is not transmitted through any other bodily fluids like urine, saliva, tears, etc.

Myth #10: Sex is only good if you have an orgasm.

Truth: Sex should be pleasurable with or without an orgasm. The fact is some people never reach orgasm, while others might have multiple orgasms. Forget about the pressure to have an exciting finish and enjoy the whole experience.

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