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Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Angua » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:23 am UTC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8238789.stm This is a survey done in the UK. Some of the stuff on here being used is downright bizarre.

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A UK survey has revealed that myths about contraception may be widespread.

One in five women said they had heard of kitchen items, including bread, cling film and even chicken skin, being used as alternative barrier methods.

Others had heard food items such as kebabs, Coca-cola or crisps could be used as oral contraceptives.

The survey questioned 1,000 women aged 18 to 50 and was carried out by market research company Opinion Health, sponsored by Bayer Schering Pharma.


MYTHS THAT STILL EXIST
Chicken skin and cling film as barrier methods
Kebabs, crisps and chocolate as oral contraceptives
The pill as protection against HIV
Source: Bayer Schering Pharma

Contraceptive myths have been around for thousands of years.

Ancient methods have varied from crocodile dung and honey before sex, to sea sponges and beeswax after.

Perhaps the most intoxicating was alcohol made from stewed beaver's testicles.

However, it seems that a variety of unsafe and unproven methods might still exist in modern Britain.

Dr Annie Evans, Women's Health Specialist at the Bristol Sexual Health Centre, said: "It is not surprising, given that Britain continues to have the highest unintended pregnancy rate in Europe."

Alarming

Other myths surround the use of oral contraceptive pills. One in 10 of the women questioned believed that it always takes a number of years to regain fertility after discontinuation of the pill. Others believed that the pill could protect them against HIV.

Professor Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal of General Practitioners, commented: "This is alarming but not surprising.

"I've had complications with patients over the years that have concerned me.

"The more we can put appropriate information to the public about the availability of different methods of contraception, about their advantages and disadvantages, the better.

"It is important that access to advice is made as easily as possible for all ages."
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Lycur » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:26 am UTC

Before panic sets in, the statistic is 1 in 5 women has heard, not 1 in five woman believes.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Angua » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:27 am UTC

True, I just thought that they myths themselves were downright bizarre.

Chicken skin as a barrier method? Eating crisps for oral contraception?

I've heard the cling film one for oral sex.
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Omegaton » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:28 am UTC

Well, I guess this research will lead to improving sexual education classes.

But seriously, chicken skin? That just sounds gross.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Angua » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:31 am UTC

I'm wondering if it's cooked or raw o.O
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Bright Shadows » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:50 am UTC

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Xeio » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:32 am UTC

Wait, contraceptives for oral sex? Am I missing something? I can see a reason for a barrier... but a contraceptive?

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby BlackSails » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:39 am UTC

Xeio wrote:Wait, contraceptives for oral sex? Am I missing something? I can see a reason for a barrier... but a contraceptive?


I was about to ask that. Or is that part of the myth; that you can get pregnant through oral sex?

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:44 am UTC

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Bassoon » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:20 am UTC

So, wait, why is this news? Anyone who's been to high school can tell you that contraception myths abound. I think the BBC is really scratching for stuff to report on, because this certainly isn't news.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Freakish » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:52 am UTC

There is a HUGE difference between
"90% of people believe in the Lochness monster"
and
"90% of people have heard of the Lochness monster"
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Levi » Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:15 am UTC

The thing that's confusing me here is the bread, not the chicken skin.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby punkymonkey » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:05 am UTC

The bread concerns me as well. But I keep looking at "kitchen items" ... to me, bread is food.. chicken skin is food.. kitchen items would like.. silverware.. spatulas.. dishes, hand mixers... I am just hoping that bread and chicken skin was the worst found. :shock:
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Angua » Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:32 pm UTC

Freakish wrote:There is a HUGE difference between
"90% of people believe in the Lochness monster"
and
"90% of people have heard of the Lochness monster"
I posted this because of the actual methods being rumoured.

Also, I thought it was worrying that some people had heard that the pill prevents HIV.
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby BlackSails » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:00 pm UTC

Levi wrote:The thing that's confusing me here is the bread, not the chicken skin.


Chicken skin at least makes some sort of sense. I mean, the train of throught probably goes: "condoms are made out of sheep skin, so maybe chicken skin works, right?" But bread? You can see the holes in bread.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby The Great Hippo » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

Freakish wrote:There is a HUGE difference between
"90% of people believe in the Lochness monster"
and
"90% of people have heard of the Lochness monster"
Yes, definitely, but keep in mind that if 90% of the people have heard of the Lochness monster, that must mean that some significant percentage of those people believe in it, or at least don't actively disbelieve - otherwise, why would 90% have heard of it in the first place?

There might be issues with a study that's more direct - "Do you believe that chicken skin can work as a contraceptive" - because a lot of people might feel stupid for saying 'yes', in the same way they might feel stupid for saying 'yes' about believing in the Loch Ness monster (despite the fact that they do).

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby BlackSails » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:10 pm UTC

The Great Hippo wrote:There might be issues with a study that's more direct - "Do you believe that chicken skin can work as a contraceptive" - because a lot of people might feel stupid for saying 'yes', in the same way they might feel stupid for saying 'yes' about believing in the Loch Ness monster (despite the fact that they do).


Thats part of the problem of any survey study.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby A. Akbar » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:17 pm UTC

The Great Hippo wrote:
Freakish wrote:There is a HUGE difference between
"90% of people believe in the Lochness monster"
and
"90% of people have heard of the Lochness monster"
Yes, definitely, but keep in mind that if 90% of the people have heard of the Lochness monster, that must mean that some significant percentage of those people believe in it, or at least don't actively disbelieve - otherwise, why would 90% have heard of it in the first place?

There might be issues with a study that's more direct - "Do you believe that chicken skin can work as a contraceptive" - because a lot of people might feel stupid for saying 'yes', in the same way they might feel stupid for saying 'yes' about believing in the Loch Ness monster (despite the fact that they do).


Things be widespread knowledge without them being widely (or at all) believed. Examples- Various conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, that time cube guy, Greek Roman and Norse mythology, Satanism, the destruction of Alderaan. All of these are things which an absolutely tiny number of people believe in literally yet nearly anyone would recognise them.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby The Great Hippo » Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:49 pm UTC

A. Akbar wrote:Things be widespread knowledge without them being widely (or at all) believed. Examples- Various conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, that time cube guy, Greek Roman and Norse mythology, Satanism, the destruction of Alderaan. All of these are things which an absolutely tiny number of people believe in literally yet nearly anyone would recognise them.
A lot of those things are widely known for either 1) their unique brand of crazy, 2) because a considerable group of people believe in them (9/11 truthers), 3) they have historical relevance.

I think that it would be safe to surmise that this falls under 2); there's no historical relevance to chicken skin as a contraceptive and it doesn't seem outstandingly crazy (like the timecube guy). That's not to say that there aren't plenty of people who don't spread the notion as a sort of 'ha ha you won't believe what my grandmother believes' sort of thing, though.
Blacksails wrote:Thats part of the problem of any survey study.
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Gellert1984 » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:11 pm UTC

The bread thing is probably the theory that it acts like a spunge and soaks up all the...juice...

I've heard some as well,
having sex while standing up for example, or standing up right after sex, will stop you getting pregnant.
you cant get pregnant if you're drunk
if you've just eaten
if you have a condom on you (as in in a pocket, not on you're wang)
if you're in water (bath/pool/ocean a pool I can see some logic, chlorine)
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Angua » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:53 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:
Levi wrote:The thing that's confusing me here is the bread, not the chicken skin.


Chicken skin at least makes some sort of sense. I mean, the train of throught probably goes: "condoms are made out of sheep skin, so maybe chicken skin works, right?" But bread? You can see the holes in bread.
Condoms are made out of sheep skin? I thought they were made out of rubber/rubber-like substances. That explains the chicken skin I guess.

Why would kebabs, crisps and coke work as oral contraceptives? I wonder how some of these theories even came into being. Standing up after sex makes some sort of sense for people who don't realise that not everything depends on gravity, but not getting pregnant while drunk?
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Belial » Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:11 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Condoms are made out of sheep skin? I thought they were made out of rubber/rubber-like substances.


What Black Sails meant was "some condoms are made out of sheepskin". Most are made out of latex, now, but some are made out of sheepskin or polyurethane, usually for the benefit of people allergic to latex
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby MrGee » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:43 am UTC

Cling film seems like it would work to me.

When I read "kebab" I thought of a shish-kebab skewer...I imagined they meant the coathanger branch of contraception ><

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Postby H.E.L.e.N. » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:52 am UTC

Angua wrote:I've heard the cling film one for oral sex.


That's not so much a myth as a do-it-yourself dental dam (provided it's a durable enough material). You can also cut apart a condom or a latex glove for these purposes (google if curious). The point there is to have a barrier between mouth-vag or mouth-butt (which is obviously different than saying "this prevents pregnancy").

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Postby michaelandjimi » Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:44 am UTC

Right. I mentally skipped over the 'oral', and spent a very interesting period of time imagining kebab sex.
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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby GhostWolfe » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:44 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Condoms are made out of sheep skin? I thought they were made out of rubber/rubber-like substances. That explains the chicken skin I guess.
Try Wikipedia.

Angua wrote:Why would kebabs, crisps and coke work as oral contraceptives? I wonder how some of these theories even came into being.
Try Snopes.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

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The Great Hippo wrote:Yes, definitely, but keep in mind that if 90% of the people have heard of the Lochness monster, that must mean that some significant percentage of those people believe in it, or at least don't actively disbelieve - otherwise, why would 90% have heard of it in the first place?


Does it? I would say probably 100% (in America) have heard of Santa or the Easter bunny. Now these are probably poor examples, but these numbers don't seem too high for having heard of something, in fact i specifically remember my high school sex ed "dispelling" the "popular" myths directly, making pretty well sure everyone had at that point heard of them.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

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Heavenlytoaster wrote:Does it? I would say probably 100% (in America) have heard of Santa or the Easter bunny. Now these are probably poor examples, but these numbers don't seem too high for having heard of something, in fact i specifically remember my high school sex ed "dispelling" the "popular" myths directly, making pretty well sure everyone had at that point heard of them.
Actually, there are plenty of kids who believe in Santa or the Easter bunny. If we didn't convince children that these things exist, I don't think that they'd be as pervasive or iconic as they are. But maybe that's what you meant about it being a poor example?

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Heavenlytoaster » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:25 am UTC

Probably, but I wasn't referring to just kids (i.e kids may believe, but EVERYONE has heard of them.) The gap between "believe" and "have heard of" is based on so many things its hard to draw a conclusion of how believed they are.

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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Ixtellor » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:13 pm UTC

Omegaton wrote:Well, I guess this research will lead to improving sexual education classes.

But seriously, chicken skin? That just sounds gross.


In Texas we teach "Abstinence ONLY!", so we will not be using this research to change anything about Texas Sex Ed. Its perfect the way it is. You would only be encouraging sinful behavior and making sex socially acceptable, something we frown in here in Texas.


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Postby Arancaytar » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:46 pm UTC

alcohol made from stewed beaver's testicles.


alcohol made from stewed beaver's testicles.


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Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Postby Cynical Idealist » Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:29 am UTC

GhostWolfe wrote:
Angua wrote:Why would kebabs, crisps and coke work as oral contraceptives? I wonder how some of these theories even came into being.
Try Snopes.

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You know, I can understand the idea behind douching with coke. But coke as an oral contraceptive means that people think that drinking coke prevents pregnancy. And...I don't even know how kebabs, crisps, or chocolates come into it.
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