Outdated Women's Health Myths to Stop Believing Right Now
New research has shattered some of our most closely held beliefs.
The Myth: You won't get pregnant if you have sex in a hot tub.
Sperm are not fond of hot water, bubbles or strong chemicals like chlorine
, and so, if set loose in a jacuzzi, they won't survive longer than a few seconds. However, during unprotected sex, sperm may fail to make contact with the water—remaining inside the humans involved—without the humans knowing! Keep in mind that the frothy, treated water can also make other types of birth control less effective. For example, condoms may loosen, slip off or weaken thanks to chemicals in the water. The takeaway: Hot tubs are a lousy form of birth control.
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