15 Dangerous Myths About Life & Sex Your Kid Might Be Dumb Enough to Believe

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teenagersRemember what it was like to be a teenager? When you didn't believe a word your parents had to say, but whatever you heard from your friends was gospel? And we wonder why year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation, the same old tired myths keep being touted as fact.

Sure, we eventually learned that you really can get pregnant even if he pulls out, and you won't lose your virginity by falling off a bike, but today's teenagers aren't there yet. Don't think your kid is dumb enough to fall for these silly myths? Don't bet your grandchild-free life on it!

The Stir talked to real teens about some of the crazy things kids believe so you know what to tell your kid is a load of you-know-what:

1. If you wear a bra to bed, you will get cancer.

2. If you pee immediately after sex, you will not get pregnant.

3. If you refill the bottles of booze in your parents' liquor cabinet with water, they will never notice.

4. If you smoke outside in the fresh air, you won't get cancer.

5. If you stand in front of a running microwave, it will make you infertile.

6. If you sleep in a bra, your breasts won't grow.

7. There is only one day of the month when you can get pregnant.

8. If you use a tampon, you will lose your virginity.

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9. You don't get pregnant your first time.

10. You can see if someone has an STD, so you don't really need to use protection.

11. Only sluts get STDs.

12. Two condoms are better than one.

13. You won't get pregnant if you push really hard on your stomach after sex.

14. If you ask an undercover cop if they're a cop, they have to tell you the truth.

15. You don't get skin cancer from tanning booths; only the sun.

What are the crazy myths you remember from high school? Have you made sure your kids don't believe them?


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Elise48 Elise48

That is just plain scary.

purpl... purpleflower514

I'm amazed that any teenager would be so lacking in common sense that they would believe any of these (aside  from MAYBE #14).

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Oh my gosh, I remember hearing that if you jumped up and down after having unprotected sex you couldnt get pregnant...I also remember hearing that if you suck on pennies it'll help you pass a breathalizer >.< lol

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Depending on your religion and values- #8 is 'true'.

handy... handy0318

I well remember being told, believing and passing it on to others that you can't get pregnant your first time and that you can only get pregnant one day out of the month. Of course, my mother never talked to my sisters and me about sex (this was back in the mid-70's) so we had to navigate through a lot of crazy things.  My daughter firmly believed that wearing a bra to bed would help you NOT get cancer, although I was able to set her straight on that one.  I talk with my daughter about sex, boys, friends, life etc. etc.  all the time and she feeds her friends the facts that I share with her.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

Really FarmersWife?! What wackadoodle religion states that tampon usage voids virginity?

B1Bomber B1Bomber

In my house, #3 would have been true. It takes my parents so long to go through liquor that they usually end up throwing it away.

britn... britneykaren

Haha I thought #14 was true, I guess I learned something today!!

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

redK8blueSt8- Some followers of Shariah Islam believe that the use of tampons is offensive (makruh, is the religious term) to have cotton inserted fully in the internal part of the vagina, because it resembles masturbation. (Their contextual link: Majmu’a Rasa’il Ibn Abidin, 1/84-85)

It does not, per se, make you not a virgin... but it can disrupt the hymen and thus there can be questions regarding to ones virginity by a future husband and it is considered unclean.


Here is a good link to learn more about the subject!

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