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sexual Health - Your questions answered

Is it true that a woman cannot get pregnant the first time she has sex?

No. This is one of the many myths that exist regarding sex and pregnancy. If you do not wish to become pregnancy be sure to seek advice on a suitable method of contraception.

A woman can most definitely get pregnant even if she is having sex for the first time.

Another myth is that women can't get pregnant if they are standing up during sexual intercourse. Again this is untrue. Sexual position has nothing to do with whether a woman will get pregnant or not.

I have recently started having sex for the first time. My boyfriend says that he would like to try different positions during sex. I am only familiar with the missionary position. What other positions can we try?

The missionary position (man on top of the woman) is probably the most common position during sex. However there is really no limit to the number of positions you can try, as long as you are comfortable enough to do this with your partner.

After the missionary position, you may wish to try one of the following:

  • Woman on top: This is a good position for pregnant women.
  • Side-by-side: Both partners lie on their side facing each other.
  • Penetration from behind: Some people dislike this position because they are not facing their partners.

Books or videos may be helpful if you wish to know more.

My boyfriend insists that Vaseline can be used as a lubricant but I am sure somebody told me it cannot. Is it a suitable lubricant or not?

Vaseline should never be used as a lubricant during sex. This is because Vaseline is an oil-based lubricant, which can damage rubber. Therefore if you use it, it may damage your condom.

You should only ever use water-based lubricants such as KY Jelly.

My girlfriend and I were having sex recently and afterwards we noticed that the condom had split. Is there anything that can be done to ensure she is not pregnant?

It depends on how recent sexual intercourse took place.

If you have an accident with a condom or if you have sex without contraception, you can lower the risk of pregnancy by going to your doctor or clinic for the 'morning after pill'. However this can only be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse. The morning after pill is only available on prescription.

The morning after pill actually consists of four tablets, two to be taken 12 hours apart. Nausea may be experienced.

If you have gone beyond the 72 hours, there is nothing more you can do. In such a situation, a pregnancy test is advisable followed by a visit to your GP for further advice.

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