Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: overhead transparencies

A youth health issue in focus: young people, sex and pregnancy

Page last updated: 2004

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Slide 1

Some common myths include: A female can avoid falling pregnant after sexual intercourse when:
  • the male and female are both virgins

  • the girl is having her period

  • they guy pulls out before he ejaculates or if he doesn't go all the way in

  • they have sex in a pool or a hot tub

  • the girl douches with coca cola after sex

  • the girl douches with vinegar after sex

  • both partners don't orgasm at the same time

Slide 2

  • the girl jumps up and down after sex (to get all the sperm out)

  • the girl pushes really hard on her belly button after sex

  • the girl takes a shower after sex

  • the girl is on top during sex

  • the girl takes aspirin and drinks a coke after sex; or

  • the girl makes herself sneeze for fifteen minutes after sex

  • having contraception readily available makes you a slut (girls) or makes it look like you are expecting sex (guys).
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Slide 3

Some common myths include:
  • sex equals love and commitment

  • people cannot get sexually transmitted diseases from having oral sex

  • if you use a tampon (before you have had sex), you are not a virgin any more

  • a guy/girl will know if you are a virgin; or

  • if you stop having sex with a guy once he's aroused, he will be in serious pain.

Slide 4

  • Many sexually active young people use contraception inconsistently or not at all.

  • Decisions about contraception happen with relationships.

  • Teaching young people about contraception does not encourage them to have sex.

  • Access to contraception is necessary but not sufficient.

  • Young people are much more likely to have unplanned and unprotected sex when they are intoxicated after using alcohol or drugs.

  • The younger the person, the less likely he or she will be to use contraception or to use it effectively.