IN our society, people share beliefs and opinions about many topics and sex happens to be one of them. Some beliefs are truthful, but evidently, others are fictional.

Myth #1:

Blue b***s

Answer: Actually, this term refers to the unpleasant feeling of unrelieved vasocongestion within the male genital area. This is due to the arteries and veins carrying blood to and from the genital area becoming enlarged and constricted. This results in an uneven blood flow that causes the testicles to become gorged with blood and increase in their size by 25-50 per cent. Aching, heaviness and discomfort in the testicles may be due to vasocongestion. Blue b***s get its name from the bluish tint that may appear when blood engorges the blood vessels in the testicles. Ejaculation is a quick way to overcome this ailment, but being patient is also effective, as ‘blue b***s’ will ware off on its own.

Myth #2:

Having sex in water prevents pregnancy

Answer: This statement is truly a myth. There is very little in water that can kill sperm or prevent a female from getting pregnant. The sperm are on a ‘mission’, and that mission is to fertilise an egg but sadly, water will not stop them. Abstinence just makes sense.

Myth #3:

If a lizard jumps on you, you’re pregnant.

Answer: This statement is not only very illogical, it is also false.

Myth #4:

If a victim of HIV — or any other STI — has sexual intercourse with a virgin he/she will become cured.

Answer: There is no truths to this statement. An individual plagued with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) — or any other STI (sexually transmitted infections) — cannot and will not become cured by having unprotected sex with a virgin. A virgin is a person who has never had sexual intercourse. A victim of HIV is a person with a viral infection within their immune system, and as a result, it weakens that person’s ability to ward of sicknesses. All that will come from an attempt at fulfilling this myth is dramatically increasing the ‘virgin’s’ chances of contracting HIV.

Myth #5:

You can’t get pregnant during unprotected sex if the man pulls out before he ejaculates.

Answer: Even if your boyfriend doesn’t ejaculate, there can still be sperm in his pre-cum (the clear fluid that is released when he is aroused). It only takes one sperm to get you pregnant. That fluid can also contain STIs.

Myth #6:

Peeing after sex washes out sperm and prevents pregnancy

Answer: For a start, urine exits the bladder through the urethra, which lies in above the vaginal opening. Which means any sperm in the vagina won’t even get wet when you wee.

Myth #7:

It is safer to have sex during the period cycle

Answer: There’s a chance that you can get pregnant during a period, particularly towards the end of your menstrual cycle. Unprotected sex also increases the risk infection by STIs. The huge problem with the ‘rhythm method’ is that few monthly cycles are absolutely regular, especially in teenagers, and so the day the egg is actually released is unpredictable. It may happen earlier or later in the cycle than expected.