Throughout our lives, women and girls share information on when the best time of the month is to get pregnant, and when it is safe to be intimate without worrying about getting pregnant. But many of these theories are false and end up causing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies. The following are five common myths surrounding getting pregnant. Myth #1 – You cannot get pregnant if you are having your period. It is commonly thought that a woman is fertile and able to get pregnant between the 10 th and 17 th day of their cycle. According to this theory, it would not be possible to become pregnant during your period, which is the beginning of the monthly cycle. A study completed in 2000 by the National Institute of Environmental Sciences shows this is not necessarily true. Two percent of the women participating in the study entered their fertile cycle four days into their cycle and an additional 17% of the women became fertile by the seventh day. Sperm can live inside a woman...
Definition Safe sex means taking precautions during sex that can keep you from getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or from giving an STI to your partner. STIs are also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. These diseases include genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and others. Information A sexually transmitted illness (STI) is a contagious disease that can be transferred to another person through sexual intercourse or other sexual contact. Many of the organisms that cause STIs live on the penis , vagina , anus, mouth, and the skin of surrounding areas. Most of the diseases are transferred by direct contact with a sore on the genitals or mouth. However, some organisms can be transferred in body fluids without causing a visible sore. They can be transferred to another person during oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Some STIs can also be transferred by nonsexual contact with infected tissues or fluids, such as infe...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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