Any instrument used to pierce or cut the skin should be used once and thrown away. They should show you what precautions they use, or don't get pierced or tattooed there.


It's very uncommon, but it is possible since having your period doesn’t predict when you will release an egg which has to be present for sperm to begin the process of conception.

Additionally, since sperm can live inside your uterus for up to 5 days, if you release an egg during these 5 days you run the risk of getting pregnant.

There’s lots of misinformation out there about sex, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Maybe you’ve heard something you are unsure about (like, can you really get an STI from a toilet seat?

Click on each statement to see if it is a myth or a fact.

There can be a risk for HIV or another blood-borne infection (like hepatitis B or C) if the instruments used for piercing or tattooing either are not sterilized or disinfected between clients.

The best way to avoid getting pregnant is though abstinence.

Abstinence (not having any kind of sex) is the only 100% effective form of birth control.

Due to the unpredictability of your cycle, if you want to avoid pregnancy it’s important to use contraception even when you are menstruating.

When a male ejaculates, the sperm travels through the vagina into the cervix, and then into the uterus.

Not all STIs are transmitted through oral sex, but some are.

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