Hi @Caiti, I actually don’t think this article is very useful! What was your reaction?
To me, it makes it sounds like pregnancy risk is basically unavoidable if there is any kind of sexual contact. In fact, contraceptive methods like the pill, tubal ligation, & correct condom use are extremely effective! It’s much more likely to have trouble getting pregnant when you’re trying to, than accidentally becoming pregnant when you’re dry humping with clothes on!
The thing to always keep in mind is, semen in the vagina can lead to pregnancy. Choosing the right contraceptive method for you – one that you are able to use correctly & consistently – is the key to avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.
@Nurse_Nettie It came across as instilling fear for any kind of sexual contact and very ominous. Pushing an abstinence only approach through fear, not educating knowledge of contraceptive use and STI protection.
@Kit It is true that fully breastfeeding causes lactational amenorrhoea which is actually 98% effective in preventing pregnancy in the first 6 months after baby’s birth! It is not 100% effective, but pretty close! Lactational amenorrhoea is NOT effective however after 6 months or if baby is not solely breastfed (i.e. having formula as well as breastmilk) or once a period returns.
Some of the scenarios described in the article may be theoretically possible, but in reality are so unlikely I doubt they have EVER HAPPENED! Semen surviving in water and swimming into a nearby vagina. Uh, nope.
The vast majority of unwanted pregnancies occur during sex in which a penis enters a vagina and the people aren’t using any contraception or are using it incorrectly or inconsistently. There are many options these days, the key to success is finding the right one for you!