You’re a smart woman, and you know everything about the birds, the bees, and birth control. Or do you? If any of these illogical excuses ring a bell, you know it’s time to really wise up about contraception, STDs and your sexual health.

Below are 10 common mistakes women make when it comes to keeping themselves safe sexually. Read on to make sure you aren’t guilty of them yourself and to learn how to guard against them.

For more on family planning and reproductive health, read the following articles:

(First Published in Marie Claire Philippines, You First section as “10 Stupid Mistakes Smart Women Make about Contraception" in February 2006. Adapted for use in Female Network. Flashbox photo by Ernesto Andrade via Flickr Creative Commons.)

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