Does douching after sex prevent a girl from getting pregnant? –
No. Douching does not prevent pregnancy. Sperm swim very fast
and many reach the uterus before a girl even begins to douche. Also, douching can
actually push sperm into the uterus.
If you decide to have sex, use reliable birth control. Some birth
control methods are better at stopping pregnancy than others. For example, birth control pills
and the IUD
are very good at preventing pregnancy when used properly.
No matter which birth control method you choose, also use condoms
to help prevent STDs (sexually
transmitted diseases). Condoms used alone also can help prevent pregnancy, but they're
not as reliable as some other birth control methods.
Talk to your doctor or go to a local clinic (like Planned Parenthood) to find out
what birth control option is best for you.