9 things you should know before your first sexual relationship

The biggest myths about sex

The sexuality is one of the topics that most interest aroused, but much of the information we handle not always match reality.

Concerned about the deficient sexual information that young people receive from their closest environment, we will explain some of these false myths and beliefs that we continue to hear daily as certain.

Myth 1

Sex will be painful

False. The first time a woman has vaginal sex may be somewhat painful, but not always.

The first time is usually a moment of nervousness and anxiety for the two, so it is normal that there is no good lubrication and that the muscles are tense. This is what can make sex more uncomfortable or even painful.

Also, if it’s the first time you have sex, and the hymen is still intact, it might feel like a little pinch, but it should not be too painful.

Myth 2

Washing immediately after sex prevents pregnancy

False. Washing the vagina with water, vinegar or any other not only does not prevent pregnancy, but it could cause an infection.

The only thing that prevents a pregnancy is the use of contraceptives every time you have vaginal sex.

Myth 3

The first time always bleeds

False. It is common that during the first vaginal relationship there is a small bleeding as a result of the rupture of the hymen, but it does not always occur.

The hymen is a small membrane that partially or completely covers the entrance to the vagina, and does not always break during the first sexual intercourse. Practicing some sports or the use of tampons can also cause the hymen to break.

If the hymen breaks during sexual intercourse there should not be excessive bleeding. The size and thickness of each woman’s hymen is different, and this is what can determine the amount of bleeding that will occur.

Myth 4

You can not get pregnant the first time you have sex

False. Whenever there is vaginal sex a pregnancy can occur, either the first time or the one that does 100 that is done. It is even possible to get pregnant before having the first menstruation.

If you are going to have vaginal sex, use contraception to prevent pregnancy.

Myth 5

You can not get pregnant during menstruation

False. It is not very common, but it is possible to get pregnant during menstruation.

The sperm can remain alive inside the woman for 6 whole days, and if during this time ovulation occurs, there can be pregnancy.

Myth 6

Contraceptives can fail

True. When used correctly, methods of birth control are very effective in preventing pregnancy. But if you do not use them correctly, they do not work that well.

  • The IUD and the implant. They are easy to use correctly, once placed they do their function and there is very little chance of them failing.
  • The pill. Although they are very effective, we must take some precautions to avoid failures such as remember to take it every day and not forget any day. If you forget the pill one day, you run the risk of pregnancy.
  • The condoms. They have a 98% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy when used correctly. Condoms are also the best way to avoid STDs.

You must know that in order to do its job well you have to:

  • * Put the condom just before you start and keep it all the time you are having sex
  • * If you do not use it correctly, it can break.
  • * The use of additional lubricant with a condom helps prevent it from breaking. Watch out! It is best to use water-based lubricants and avoid oil-based lubricants because they degrade latex condoms more quickly, making it easier to break during sexual intercourse. Avoid using baby oil, Vaseline or hand creams.
  • * A condom should never be used more than once under any circumstances.

If you have unprotected sex or the condom breaks, emergency contraception is an option.

There is a contraceptive pill that is available without a prescription and can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours, although it is more effective when taken immediately.

Myth 7

“Reverse” is not a method of contraception

True. Neither avoids pregnancies nor protects against STDs.

Did you know that almost one third of couples who use the reverse gear will become pregnant within a year?

It is difficult to ensure that the penis has been removed just before ejaculating. It requires a lot of self-control, and before pre-ejaculation, a pre- ejaculate is produced that is loaded with sperm.

Myth 8

You would realize if your partner had a sexually transmitted disease

False. Some sexually transmitted diseases have few or no symptoms.

Just because you or your partner do not have any symptoms, does not mean you should not worry about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If left untreated, some STDs can become really dangerous infections, which could even cause permanent damage such as infertility.

The only way to know if you have an STD is to get tested. Do not wait to have symptoms, getting tested for STDs is quick and easy.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young people between the ages of 15 and 24 represent 25% of the sexually active population, but they represent almost 50% of new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Young people should get tested once a year for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Myth 9

You can not get STDs by oral sex

False. Although most STDs are spread through vaginal and anal sex, unprotected oral sex can also cause an STD to contract.

We must remember that any wound in the mouth can be a way of virus entry. And it is very easy to have a wound in that area by accidentally biting, cold sores, gums that bleed, etc.

The best way to protect yourself is to use condoms for oral sex (that’s why they make flavored and ultra-thin condoms!) And in the case of women, you can use cut condoms or some type of plastic wrap for oral sex in a vulva.

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