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Misconception Mayhem: Separating Pregnancy and Pregnancy Risk Myths from Facts

What types of sex present a pregnancy risk? Is there a way to kill sperm after sex to prevent pregnancy? Do the symptoms of pregnancy show up right away? Scarleteen’s taking the time to debunk some of the most common misconceptions surrounding pregnancy and pregnancy risks in one handy place.

Birth control pills, weight gain and caffeine

Alison asks:

I'm 18 and am soon to start college, I just started the pill, I have a boyfriend and we engage in vaginal intercourse pretty often. Since the pill makes you gain weight, I drink green tea, which is supposed to increase your metabolism (I'm desperate not to gain weight). One cup has about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and I drink a cup everyday. I also drink alot of coffee. I read somewere that caffeine has a effect on birth control pills, like some antibiotics do. Is this true? If so I want to stop drinking it, please let me know.

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