Test Your Knowledge: How Not to Get Pregnant

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Try to estimate when you're ovulating and have sex regularly -- that's the basic recipe for getting pregnant. But what about when you're NOT trying to make a baby? Do you know the ins and outs of how not to get pregnant?

Which is the most effective way to not get pregnant?

The best way to prevent pregnancy is to not have vaginal intercourse.

True or false: You can't get pregnant when you have your period.

False. Don't assume you can't get pregnant while you're menstruating -- it could be irregular bleeding.

Only one of the following types of sex can get you pregnant. Which is it?

How do you get pregnant? Have vaginal intercourse. However, it's not unheard of for a woman to become pregnant if seminal discharge makes its way into the vaginal opening, even without vaginal intercourse.

Which position will prevent pregnancy?

No position can prevent pregnancy, so use birth control and pick your favorite.

If you just practice the withdrawal method, and you do it right every time, what are the pregnancy odds?

The odds are 1 in 25 (and that jumps to almost 7 in 25 if you don't do it right every time).

True or false: You can't get pregnant your first time.

False. You can get pregnant every time you have vaginal intercourse, whether it's the first time or not.

Which of the following birth control is not categorized as a barrier method?

An IUD is not a barrier method of birth control.

For how many hours after having unprotected sex does the over-the-counter morning-after pill work as an emergency contraceptive?

An OTC morning-after pill will work as an emergency contraceptive best within the first 12 hours but is effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Douching can prevent pregnancy if you use what douching solution?

None. Douching as a pregnancy prevention is a total myth.

True or false: Women of a "certain age" can't get pregnant.

False. If you have a monthly period, you can get pregnant, whether you're 16 or 46.

What is the failure rate of a male latex condom?

Male latex condoms fail 3 percent of the time when you're using them consistently and correctly, and as much as 16 percent when you're not.

Which birth control method is considered permanent?

Although there is such a thing as a vasectomy reversal, vasectomies are considered permanent contraception.

True or false: Vasectomies prevent pregnancy 100 percent of the time.

False. One out of every 100 vasectomies will fail within the five years following the procedure.

Who needs to have an orgasm for pregnancy to happen?

In some cases, no one needs to orgasm for a pregnancy to occur. A man's pre-ejaculate fluid can contain viable sperm, which is why the withdrawal method of birth control is unreliable.

You forgot to take your birth control pill this morning. What do you do?

If you've missed your pill this morning, you should take one pill now that you've remembered, and use a backup method for the rest of the month. (Keep taking the rest of your pills for the month as usual.)

Can a new mom use breastfeeding as birth control?

Breastfeeding can be a fairly effective method of birth control for a new mom if she practices it correctly -- but only during the first six months after giving birth.

How does hormonal birth control such as the pill work?

Hormonal birth control prevents ovulation.

Which are the most effective birth control methods that aren't permanent?

IUDs and implants are the two most effective forms of contraception that aren't permanent.

What days of the month is a woman most likely to get pregnant?

While there are no "safe" days, the most fertile time range of a woman's monthly cycle is five days before through three days after she ovulates.

What will cause a condom to tear or break?

Oils and oil-based lubricants as well as heat will weaken your condoms.

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