Myth Busters - Aspirin as a Birth Control Method?

Plus Using Heat After Sex to Kill Sperm

Aspirin as Birth Control
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Can Aspirin Be Considered a Birth Control Method?

After doing some research, I have found that using aspirin as birth control seems to be a common (but incorrect) belief among many teenagers and adults. For some reason, there is information circling around that taking large doses of aspirin can prevent a pregnancy. The only tidbit that I could find that may lead people to this conclusion is that men who take regular doses of aspirin may have a decreased sperm count. Just because the number of sperm may be lowered, remember, it only takes ONE sperm to fertilize an egg! I also found a study that suggests that high doses of aspirin may cause uterine contractions (which could possibly cause a miscarriage), but the odds of this really happening are relatively low.

This leads me to my two "myth busters" for the day:

  1. For those of you who believe that taking aspirin (no matter how much) right after having sex will stop conception from taking place -- the answer is clearly FALSE! Aspirin does not have any effect on sperm mobility or on the implantation process. Though it may lower sperm count, it does not lower your chances of getting pregnant. Also, taking three aspirin while drinking a Coke prior to having sex will not prevent pregnancy either. Bottom line... aspirin is NOT a birth control method.
  2. Also, in case you are wondering, soaking in a hot bath or applying a heating pad on your stomach after sex also does not work as birth control either. Some people "buy" into this myth because of the notion that heat kills sperm. Though this is true, it applies more to destroying a small amount of sperm with a large amount of heat. So a warm bath or a heating pad is not strong enough to zap sperm -- the lesson here? Don't rely on these actions to prevent getting pregnant. 

    These old wives tales continue to exist because they come from the idea that people wish that there is some type of magical solution to preventing pregnancy. Yet, the truth of the matter is that there is no magic when it comes to getting pregnant -- if a sperm joins an egg, conception will occur. When evaluating some of these myths, remember that the average male ejaculate contains 300-500 million sperm, and the sperm can live inside a female's body for up to 5 days.

    Also, after being ejaculated, the fastest sperm can take only 20 minutes to reach an available egg.

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