SEX & STDs
Frequently Asked Questions about the Sex
Does Pregnancy begin immediately after unprotected sex?
No! Pregnancy does not begin immediately after unprotected sex. Depending on where you are in your cycle, fertilization might happen immediately after unprotected sex, but pregnancy actually begins when the fertilized egg implants in the womb, which normally happens 6-12 days after fertilization. This means you cannot be pregnant until at least the 6thday after unprotected sex.
Can you get pregnant if you are on your period?
Expert opinion says yes, you can get pregnant while menstruating. This is because you might be at the end of your period and you might have a short cycle and early ovulation. Since sperm can survive inside a woman`s uterus for up to five days, it means you should always protect yourself if you don’t want to get pregnant.
Who is more at risk of becoming infected with an STI, men or women?
If exposed to STIs, women are more likely to become infected than men because women have a greater area of exposure (the cervix and the vagina) than men, and small tears may occur in the vaginal tissue during sex that will make it an easy pathway for infection.
What exactly do people mean when they say "safer sex"? Is it always about condoms?
Condoms are an important part of safer sex, but safer sex means more than just using condoms. Safer sex is a relative term. It is anything you decide to do to lower the risk of becoming infected or infecting someone else, especially with dangerous infections, such as HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Here are some examples:
- If you decide to have sexual intercourse, using a condom makes it safer.
- If you decide to have oral sex instead of unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse, it is safer.
- If you decide to have protected oral sex instead of unprotected oral sex, it is safer.
- If you decide to rub against each other with your clothes off instead of having intercourse or oral sex, it is safer.
- Rubbing against each other with your clothes on is even safer.
- If you decide to masturbate each other instead of rubbing against each other with your clothes off, it is safer.
- If, after masturbating each other, you wash your hands before touching your own genitals, it is even safer.
- If you decide to masturbate alone or have phone sex or cybersex instead of physical contact with someone else, it is the safest.