Sexual health is a very important component of our lives since it directly affects many different parts of our overall health in general. This is why acquiring correct information about it is crucial to not only enjoy sex but also not fill our thoughts with needless panic or recklessness, two situations that can have negative effects, either psychological or physical.
There are a lot of myths about sex that many people, especially teenagers, consider to be facts. Following is a list of the most common of them.
It is impossible for a woman to get pregnant when she is on her period
Even though it is unlikely, it is definitely not impossible. The explanation is really simple. The sperm of a man can remain alive for up to six days. So it is possible to impregnate the woman after the period ends.
You can prevent pregnancy by douching your vagina right after sex
This is not only false but also dangerous, simply because there are also some different versions of the myth. There are claims that washing the vagina with water, vinegar or even soda will kill the sperm thus stopping the pregnancy from beginning. The whole procedure is not going to block a pregnancy, but it is very possible to cause a corrosive burn, irritation, or even infection.
A birth control method often doesn’t work
First of all, birth control does work if used correctly. The available birth control methods we have today have been proven to be effective more than 99% of the time. According to experts, the best way is to use the “pill — condom” combination to make sure nothing at all goes wrong. But even the condom alone is usually sufficient if used the right way.
You can tell if your partner has an STD if you’re into a long relationship
Once again, we have a myth that exposes people to some very dangerous possibilities – STDs; like HIV may be present in a person’s body without having any symptoms for quite some time. So no, you can’t tell. And it’s not because you’re inexperienced or anything, even doctors cannot tell something like that simply by looking or interacting with someone. The only way to know is through medical exams.
If I get an STD, my life is over or ruined
This claim is also wrong. The constant breakthroughs in medicine and technology keep offering us new and improved weapons to fight diseases and infections more and more efficiently. Of course, a lot would depend on the exact STD you got, but almost all of them are successfully treated or managed nowadays.