FOXSexpert: The 6 Most Common Sex Myths
What about that headline sounded appealing to me? I should have known there would be something stupid in there.
Myth: You Can't Get Pregnant if You Aren't Ovulating
She’s not ovulating so she can’t get pregnant — Not!
Fact: While pregnancy is likeliest to occur during the six days leading up to, and including, ovulation, a female can get pregnant at any point in her menstrual cycle. This includes the week of her period.
Even if couples want to take a chance and avoid unprotected sex around day 14 of her menstrual cycle (when she is most fertile), the fact that many women have irregular cycles makes this a dicey decision. Even women who have regular menstrual cycles may not ovulate on the same day each month.
Let me set the record straight: with the exception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it takes one sperm (from the man) combining with one egg (from the woman) to make a baby. When an egg is released, we call that ovulation. No ovulation = no egg = no baby. Got it?
Myth: Predicting ovulation is easy.
Fact: Uh, no. I have a few children to prove it.
Myth: Counting days and assuming ovulation occurs at the same time every cycle will tell you when to avoid intercourse.
Fact: No. NFP is much more sophisticated than that.
Myth: Avoiding intercourse for a "few days" around expected ovulation will prevent pregnancy.
Fact: More like a week. Or two.
Myth: A woman can't get pregnant while menstruating.
Fact: During the first few days of a normal menstrual cycle, this is generally true. The problem is that stress can trigger bleeding, as can hormonal changes and other factors. Ovulation may still occur at these other times.
Moral factors aside, NFP is the healthiest way to avoid pregnancy. But, get the facts, take a class, and read this book.
Myth: Catholics have big families is because they are ignorant.
Fact: Catholics have big families because they are blessed.