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There’s a ton of information floating around about sexual health these days. Discerning the myths from the facts simply takes some education. Real Choices Clinic is committed to offering judgement-free information and education through classes, blogs, and healthcare visits to our clinic. Read on as we debunk four of the most popular myths about sexual health.

  1. You can’t get an STD/STI if you use a condom
    No type of condom prevents pregnancy or STDs 100% of the time. Condoms can break or tear, releasing semen and potentially resulting in pregnancy or infection. Sexually transmitted Infections and Diseases are transmitted through bodily fluids during sex, and can be very dangerous to the health of each partner. The CDC estimates that STIs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year. [1]
  2. I can’t get pregnant on my period
    Sperm can live in the body for up to five days after intercourse, even if you’ve showered after sex. As a result, it’s still possible to get pregnant on your period or outside of your fertility window. [2]
  3. Oral sex is safe sex
    Sexually transmitted infections and diseases are transmitted during close physical contact, sex, and fluid exchange. This means that many STDs, as well as other infections and diseases, can be spread through oral sex. Anyone exposed to an infected partner can get an STD in the mouth, throat, genitals, or rectum. The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. [3]
  4. The withdrawal method prevents pregnancy
    You actually can get pregnant from pre-ejaculation. Lingering sperm cells can be released with pre-ejaculation fluid during sex, resulting in a potential pregnancy.

Rumors and myths about sexual health are prevalent among the uninformed. Arming yourself with the facts is the best way to combat any falsehoods. Real Choices Clinic is a great place to start. Not only do we have a team of professionals to meet your medical needs and answer your sexual health questions, we genuinely care for you as an individual. And that’s a FACT. Contact us today.

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