That Ain’t True!: 10 Sexual Health Myths

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  • You Can’t Get Pregnant on Your First Time
  • If I Had an STD, I Would Know
  • Pulling Out Works
  • You Can Catch an STD From a Toilet Seat
  • Men Cannot Contract HIV From Women
  • Lube Is Only for Anal Sex
  • Douching Is Good For You
  • My Girl Is on the Pill, We’re Good
  • All STDs are Curable
  • Don’t Believe the Hype!
  • Only Promiscuous People Get STDs

Pulling Out Works

The pull-out method is tricky because there are studies that show that it can be somewhat effective in preventing pregnancy. But keep in mind: It’s not foolproof and there is no way to improve your technique. Also, pulling out doesn’t protect you from STDs because you don’t need to ejaculate per se to transmit or contract an STD such as herpes, gonorrhea or chlamydia.

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