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Five contraceptive myths you shouldn’t believe

You might not believe some of the wilder theories about contraception – like it being impossible to get pregnant the first time you have sex, or that eating certain fruits reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills – but some myths are more commonly accepted than you might expect.

The myth: pulling out just before ejaculation prevents pregnancy.

The withdrawal method (or coitus interruptus if Latin’s your jam) is the Russian roulette of contraceptive techniques. This is because although pre-ejaculate (the clear liquid that comes out of the penis before ejaculation) doesn’t contain sperm, it can pick up residual sperm from a previous ejaculation as it passes through the urethra. So while pulling out makes sense in theory, it not...

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