Hesperian Health Guides

Methods that do not work

These methods are useless or harmful:

  • Urinating (peeing) after sex is not harmful, but it does nothing to prevent pregnancy. Urine comes out of a different hole than the vagina.
  • Putting in herbs, plants, chemicals, or anything that dries the vagina does not prevent pregnancy. But it can harm the vagina, making it easier for women to get infections.
  • Washing out the vagina (douching) after having sex does not prevent pregnancy. Sperm move very fast and some will reach the inside of the womb before they can be washed out. Douching can even push sperm up into the womb.
  • Amulets and prayers do not prevent pregnancy. Women who rely on these methods get pregnant.

This page was updated:27 Sep 2018