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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Some myths about STI, pregnancy and sex

Pulling out (withdrawing) before ejaculating is safe: FALSE

Withdrawal is when a guy removes his penis from the vagina just before he ejaculates (cums) (also called coitus interruptus or pulling out).

Withdrawal does not protect against STIs!

For those having sex, condoms and lube must always be used to protect against STIs and pregnancy. Even for people who think they are doing it correctly, withdrawal is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy. Guys leak a bit of sperm out of the penis even before ejaculation, which means that even if a guy pulls out before he ejaculates, a girl can still become pregnant.

Lubrication should always be used with condoms: TRUE

Water-based lubricant keeps the condom moist and prevents the condom from breaking. 

Lubrication is the wetness that makes penetration more comfortable during intercourse. While most condoms are already lubricated, additional water-based lubrication is recommended as this will increase comfort and help prevent breakages. Water-based lubricants are available from pharmacies and supermarkets; a number of brands are available so find one that suits.

Oil-based lubricants can weaken male condoms, and should not be used. These include petroleum jelly (eg. Vaseline), cooking oil, baby oil, suntan oil, massage oil, hand lotions or creams.

Wearing two condoms at the same time gives you more protection against STIs and Pregnancy: FALSE

During sex, a fair amount of friction will occur between the two condoms and this increase the likelihood of either, or both, condoms breaking.

When worn correctly, one condom is adequate (88%-98% effective) for pregnancy prevention and for protection against some STIs. If you are concerned about pregnancy prevention specifically, you can choose to use condoms in combination with other contraceptive methods such as oral contraception (“the pill”), Implanon or Depo Provera (‘the baby needle’).  These forms of contraception can be accessed through Family Planning or a Doctor.

Extra-strength condoms are available and are even more tear-resistant than normal strength condoms.  Extra-strength condoms are especially recommended for anal intercourse. 

You can’t get pregnant when having a period: FALSE

A lot of people think that if a girl has sex during her period, she can't get pregnant. But it is possible for a girl to get pregnant while she is bleeding. This can happen for a couple of reasons:

  • Not all vaginal bleeding is the result of a menstrual period. Sometimes a girl will have a small amount of vaginal bleeding at the time of ovulation — the time when she is most fertile. During ovulation, an egg is released from one of the ovaries and travels down a fallopian tube to the uterus. It's common for girls who are ovulating to have some vaginal bleeding that can be mistaken for a period.
  • Sometimes ovulation can occur before the bleeding from a girl's period has stopped, or it may occur within a few days after her period is over. Sperm can fertilize an egg for several days after ejaculation. So in both cases, having sex before the period is finished can result in pregnancy.

Having unprotected sex at any time is risky. Along with the chance of becoming pregnant, there is also the risk of getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs). If you do have sex, use a condom and lube every time to protect you against STIs.


Oral Sex is safe sex: FALSE

Many STIs can be transmitted through oral sex. These include Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Herpes and Syphilis.

  • Men can wear condoms while receiving oral sex
  • Women can use a thin square of latex (dental dam) that can be placed over the vulva.