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Contraceptive myths and facts

Check out these myths and facts about contraception:

Myth: Condoms reduce your sexual pleasure

Fact: A common complaint about condoms is that you “can’t feel anything.” Well, there are ways around this that might actually make sex with a condom very pleasurable! You can use condoms with different: textures (e.g. ribbed), scents like grape and banana until you find what you like.

Myth: Using long-acting reversible contraceptives like the implant will stop you from being able to fall pregnant.

Fact: This is not true. These kinds of contraceptives can be stopped, and the body’s hormones and the menstrual cycle will return to normal within weeks and in some cases, a few months.

Myth: Condoms break easily
Fact: Condoms do not break easily if you put them on correctly. Open them carefully, hold the tip and roll it down. Be careful of sharp nails, jewellery or teeth. If the condom won’t roll down, it’s the wrong way round or it’s the wrong size.

Myth: The ‘morning-after pill’ can only be taken in the morning

Fact: Emergency contraception can be taken at any time of the day. It is more effective when you take it within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex.

Myth: Contraceptives protect you from HIV and STIs

Fact: Contraceptives (except for condoms) do not protect you from HIV and STIs. This is why doubling up — with a contraceptive AND a condom is the best option.

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