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Sex Q&A: Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

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The Nest Q&AI heard that if I douche after sex, it'll prevent pregnancy. Is this true?

A.

No, it's not true! Unfortunately urban sex myths like this one leave many women with unwanted pregnancies. If your husband has powerful sperm (strong swimmers), they could reach your cervix and travel up into your uterus and fertilize an egg, despite douching. Even if his little swimmers aren't particularly strong, you never know if one feisty fella might get through. It only takes one!
There are many different types of contraception besides condoms. I'd recommend you both go for an STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening at your local sexual health clinic or health practitioner. Once you've been screened and given the all-clear, you can select the method of contraception that best fits your lifestyle. You may want to go on the Pill or the patch, get injections, use an intrauterine device, try the diaphragm, and so on. It's best to evaluate these with your healthcare provider.

Nestpert Dr. Pam Spurr, author of Make Love All Night & Talk to Him in the Morning and Naughty Tricks and Sexy Tips: A Couple's Guide to Uninhibited Sexual Pleasure

-- The Nest Editors

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