Yeah— that is a myth. When in doubt, trust your OB/GYN. Although it is more likely for someone to become pregnant while ovulating you can become pregnant at any point during the month.
People who count on this in order to prevent pregnancy use fertility-awareness, or natural family planning methods. This involves tracking when you are most fertile and abstaining or using a barrier method during those times. There are many methods to do this, but I personally do not recommend them as a primary method of pregnancy prevention as it is difficult to follow and not as effective as many other options. According to Planned Parenthood, these methods are about 76% effective with average use.
They recommend this option of pregnancy prevention for those who:
Menstrual cups for the win!! I’ve got both a Lunette Cup and a Diva Cup myself, and I’m a big fan. I don’t know much about the Moon Cup as I haven’t tried it myself. Honestly, it is hard to say if there are any real differences aside from appearance and size in the cups. Lunette does come in a lot of fun colors though, and that is major plus for many who are uncomfortable with the see-through cups.
You can check out our posts on menstrual cups here blog features on menstrual cups for more specific information on all of these here:
I don’t know of any alternatives, but I’ve actually written a post on cultural appropriation and yoga that you can check out here. I don’t really know of any alternatives, but here is a passage from the post that I think speaks to a lot of this:
So should you toss out your yoga mat? There is no easy answer to this incredibly complex topic, and this is simply not something I get to decide. Yoga most certainly does have tremendous healing and health benefits, but that does not discount it as something that could be appropriative. Yoga continues to be important to the mental and physical health and wellness of many. It has an incredible history of helping those in need of spiritual and physical healing after trauma and sickness (specifically PTDS and sexual assault/abuse). However, the Westernized version of yoga practiced by most in the US is not the same yoga practiced in its original form. What we most often see here is just a trimmed-down trendy yoga that is divorced from most of the tradition and spiritual practices that come with it. So yes, yoga does have great health benefits but it can also be appropriative (and often is).
What we can do about it is also not a simple answer. Most importantly, we must listen to South Asian people about this issue (although there seems to be mixed opinions out there on it). Is this something they want to share, and if so, is the way we are practicing it respectful and mindful of its historical and spiritual context? You can’t just take the parts of yoga you find useful.
Youarenotdesi has offered some suggestions on practicing yoga respectfully. They write that:
Yoga is South Asian and therefore the only people who should be sharing it with others are South Asians.
A way to tell if your white girl yoga teachers are ANY good and actually respect the traditions they’re drawing from is that they’ll pronounce namaste correctly (not like ‘nah-maas-té’ but like ‘nuh-muss-thay’). If you’re going to learn yoga and do it on the regular AT THE VERY LEAST read up on the origin, history, traditions, prayers, etc. of yoga. Learn about it as you would anything else that’s highly cultural. Don’t just pop in a DVD and do it because it’s ‘exercise.’ There’s pilates for that.
Nothing is— the quote is saying that feminist are cast in these extreme polarized stereotypes. It isn’t that there is anything wrong with being hairy or a lesbian (because there is not), it is that this is one of the stereotypes about feminists perpetuated by the misinformation around feminists in the media.
I’d suggest giving the article a once-over.