Let’s face it. We have all been left dumbfounded at some point or another by certain pressing questions about sex that we just don’t know the answers to. Here is our honest attempt to put all those myths to rest.
Here we go:
1. What does sex feel like?
It can feel like many things depending on your preferences, body structure, or the degree of arousal that you achieve. Though an ideal case is marked by intense pleasure (and sometimes even moaning).
2. Does it hurt while having sex?
If you know what you are doing, pain should not be a worry. First-timers however, especially the receiving partners, have high chances of experiencing pain due to lack of lubrication.
3. Will I get pregnant after sex?
Not necessarily if you take appropriate precautions. If you plan to avoid it, make sure to use a condom or have an unwanted pregnancy pill within 24 hours of the intercourse.
4. Can I get pregnant during periods?
Biologically, no. Fertility of a woman is limited to the middle of the menstrual cycle which is generally two weeks before the start of the menstrual cycle.
5. Is it okay to have sex during pregnancy?
Yes, it is okay to have sex during pregnancy (if your doctor has not told you otherwise) and it does not put the baby at any risk.
6. Which sex position is the best?
The Indian book of Kamasutra lists 245 sexual positions that are sure to leave you high and dry. Hence, it really comes down to the flexibility of your body, the comfort of your partner and personal preferences.
7. I skipped my period. Am I Pregnant?
Skipping a period within a few weeks of sex can make anyone anxious. The good news is it might not necessarily mean that you are pregnant. It is quite possible to have irregular periods due to stress, certain medications, or lack of appropriate exercises.
8. What is a vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is usually a clear or slightly cloudy fluid that carries away the dead cell and bacteria inside the vagina to prevent infection. It is generally odour-free and non-irritating. Depending on your menstrual cycle, the consistency and amount of the discharge can vary.
9. What is menopause? Do men go through it?
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life that marks the end of her fertility, resulting in the end of menstruation. Men also go through menopause but the extent is limited to a decrease in the levels of testosterone production.
10. What is pre-cum or pre-ejaculation?
Pre-cum is a clear and colourless liquid that can be ejected from the penis during arousal. While it might look like semen, the chemical composition is quite different!
11. Can I get pregnant from pre-cum?
The general opinion is that pre-cum cannot lead to pregnancy since it does not have any semen content. However, since it is often confusing to differentiate it with actual semen, it never hurts to take precautions!
12. What should I do if a condom breaks during sex?
You might want to get tested for STDs right away. The next step is to avoid pregnancy. Consult your doctor for a relevant emergency contraception pill and take one within 72 hours (24 hours for maximum efficiency).
13. Can fingering or handjob lead to pregnancy?
It is next to impossible to get pregnant with some hand action. Though technically, catching an STD is not improbable since all it takes sometimes is an infected person with unwashed hands!
14. Can I get pregnant by kissing?
Whoever spread this myth in your school deserves detention! Let’s settle this once and for all - kissing can never lead to pregnancy. So feel free to kiss as much as you want. After all, the world can surely do better with some more love!
15. Can I catch an STD by kissing?
Herpes is the only STD that you can catch by kissing. Contrary to ‘childish beliefs’, it is impossible to catch HIV by simply kissing someone.
16. What are the common ways to have HIV?
The only way to encounter HIV is when the body fluids of an infected person come in direct contact with your bloodstream. It is possible for the virus to enter the blood by sharing a needle or having unprotected sex with an infected person.
17. Is it possible to be allergic to sperm?
While it is an extremely rare occurrence, sperm allergy is indeed a possibility and can lead to symptoms such as itching, burning, or swelling.
18. What is a hymen?
The hymen is a thin and natural membrane that partially closes the opening of a vagina. Its presence is generally associated with the virginity of a woman.
19. Is it possible to be a virgin and still not have a hymen?
Yes, absolutely. It is also possible to break the hymen due to strenuous activities or sports such as bicycle riding, horseback riding, stretching, or even dancing!
20. Does size really matter?
While many people consider size to hold certain importance in their sex lives, the truth is - It does not really matter much! It’s all about fitting the right nut into the right bolt without hurting anyone.