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Tip: Birth Control Myths

“Just this one time” doesn’t cut it. If you’re not on contraception, you can get pregnant any time you have sex.

“Just this one time” doesn’t cut it.  If you’re not on contraception, you can get pregnant the first time you have sex, and any time after, as long as you are menstruating.  One of the most prevalent birth control myths is that cutting sex short before ejaculation, or “pulling out”, prevents pregnancy.  But during intercourse, sperm can enter the vagina long before orgasm.  

The only responsible choice is to use a reliable form of contraception.  Remember though, that condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against STDs.  Even if you’re on the pill, patch or ring, one unprotected encounter can leave you infected with something that last way past that night.  Always insist on taking the steps that protect your health and best interests.

Isabel Blumberg, MD

This video features Isabel Blumberg, MD. Dr. Blumberg is a clinical instructor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science.

Duration: 0:56. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Suzanne Friedman, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: June 30, 2017
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