People can say whatever they want about abortion, but if they really want to bring their point across in an intelligent and convincing way, they should at least educate themselves so they can avoid saying inane--and extremely disrespectful--crap like what Todd Akin, the Republian Senator nominee from Missouri, said Sunday. In case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard his response to whether or not rape victims should have access to abortions, here's his exact quote: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

While Akin's remarks may be one of the most ignorant comments made recently by a politican, sadly there are a lot of other stupid myths surrounding the topic of getting pregnant and I'm sure you've heard some of them--heck you might even believe one or two! 

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So, read on and educate yourself and let us know if there are any other myths we should know about in the comments below.

7 Common myths about getting pregnant

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You can't get pregnant when you're raped

I'll start with Akin's favorite one because he's not the only moron politician to have made the same claim. Others have said stated that when women get raped, fear makes them generate hormones that prevents them from getting pregnant! Really? So how did the more than 32,000 rape victims who get pregnant every year end up like that?

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Roxana A. Soto is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a first-grader and a preschooler. She loves languages, traveling and good food – especially if it's cooked by someone else.

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How about "you cant get pregnant if you do it standing up, sperm cant swim against gravity," or "if you jump up and down after sex you shake the sperm out!"  And ppl who believe such things are called parents...

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