It is normal for young people to be curious about sex and relationships and there are lots of myths around that can lead to confusion. These myths are sometimes believed, as stories are often detailed and based on a ‘real life’ experience of someone they know. There are many things that are completely untrue that are passed around.


You may hear that you cannot get pregnant if you have sex whilst standing up, people may say this is because the sperm cannot reach the egg in this position.  This is UNTRUE. It only takes one sperm to fertilise an egg and it does not matter what position you are in. When the male ejaculates, the sperm is forced out at speed and it will find an egg if there is one to fertilise.


You may hear that you cannot get pregnant the first time you have sex. This is UNTRUE. It will not matter if you have never had sex before, if there is a sperm and an egg that meet each other following sex, then you will get pregnant.


You may hear that if you are really drunk, then you cannot get pregnant. This is UNTRUE as the sperm and egg will not care if the person is drunk. However having sex with someone when they are drunk is against the law as they are unable to give consent.


You may hear that you know if you have a sexually transmitted infection as it stings when you go for a wee or you have a discharge. Although these may be symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you can also have a   STI and not know as some do not have symptoms. If you have had unprotected sex, then you should have a sexual health screen to make sure you do not have an infection. Using condoms every time you have sex helps reduce the risk of catching an STI. See the section on STI’s for further information.


If you have heard anything that you are not sure is true, talk to the school nurse. School nurses will listen and will not laugh at you for asking questions. School nurses would rather you asked and got the right information, rather than you put yourself at risk.


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If you are thinking about having sex for the first time, come and talk to the school nurse. The school nurse will support you by talking through your options, one of these may be delaying when you have sexual intercourse which may be right for you. The school nurse will discuss issues around the law, sex and consent, to help keep you safe in sexual relationships.


To access the sexual health central booking line call 01522 309309

8.30am – 6.30pm Monday – Thursday

8.30am – 4.30pm Friday


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