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Pregnancy Myths: Keep Your Fingers Crossed, or Your Legs? continued...

Reality: False. Having vaginal sex in any position carries the risk of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Myth: If a girl does "jumping jacks" after sex, she won't get pregnant.

Reality: False. You can jump up and down all you want, but if one sperm makes contact with one egg, bingo: Someone's pregnant.

Pregnancy Myth: If a girl doesn't have an orgasm, she won't get pregnant.

Reality: False. Female orgasms have no bearing on whether an egg can be fertilized.

Pregnancy Myth: Having sex in water prevents you from getting pregnant.

Reality: False again! Any sperm contact with the vagina increases your risk of getting pregnant. If the water temperature is proper, sperm can survive outside the body for several minutes. Many babies are born about 9 months after a guy and girl had sex while swimming around in a lake or the ocean.

Pregnancy Myth: A girl can't get pregnant if she has sex while on her period.

Reality: Again, untrue. Remember, a sperm can survive for up to a week inside the female.

Pregnancy Myth: Douching or washing my vagina out after sex will prevent me from getting pregnant.

Reality: Nope. Remember, sperm are designed to do one thing -- fertilize the egg. Even washing thoroughly after sex does not prevent you from becoming pregnant.

What About Teen Sex and Birth Control?

If you are sexually active or are thinking of becoming sexually active, talk to your parents and your doctor about birth control. Birth control comes in pills, injections, devices placed in the uterus, and even in time-release medications that are placed under your skin.

Condoms come in many different forms. The best also contain spermicides, which help to reduce the risk of pregnancy. Condoms also are the best way to reduce transmission of some -- but unfortunately not all -- sexually transmitted diseases.

Even with the best methods of hormonal birth control such as pills or the patch -- and even when they're combined with condoms -- there is still a risk of pregnancy and STDs. Abstinence (choosing to go without sex) is the only surefire method of not getting pregnant or picking up a disease.

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