12 Myths About Sex
Most people have heard all kinds of information about sex. Some of the rumors about sex can be harmful and confusing. You need to know the true facts to practice sex safely.
Safe sex is very important as sexually transmitted complications can affect your health for the rest of your life. No matter what you have heard in the past, we are here to explain these 12 common myths about sex.
Myth 1: Oral Sex Is Always Safe
Heterosexual intercourse is not the only type of risky sex. Even if you just engage in oral sex, you are at risk for health complications. It is very important to practice safe oral sex every time, whether you are performing it or receiving it.
Many dangerous sexual health threats can be transmitted through oral sex. Saliva carries bacteria and other foreign particles that can affect the other person. For this reason, using barrier methods during oral sex is important.
Myth 2: Sexual Health Risks Only Apply to Gay People
This very harmful myth causes a lot of stigma for the LGBTQIA+ community. In the past, many people believed that only gay people were at risk for sexually transmitted complications. This could not be further from the truth.
No matter what your sexual orientation is, unprotected sex can leave you with long-term health complications.
Myth 3: You Don’t Need to Get Tested If You Only Have One Partner
Testing for sexually transmitted health complications is important for everyone who is sexually active. Many people believe that they are automatically safe if they just have one sexual partner. Unfortunately, you can never be sure that your partner is only having sex with you. It’s always best to be as safe as possible.
Myth 4: Abstinence-Only Is the Best Form of Sex Education
In reality, teenagers and young adults do not benefit from abstinence-only education. Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted complication rates are higher in states that require abstinence-only sex ed.
Young people should know the basics of safe sex if they engage in sexual activity. In states with comprehensive sex ed, teen pregnancy and sexual health complication rates are far lower.
Myth 5: You Can’t Get Pregnant on Your Period
Many women are taught that their period is a safe window for sexual activity. If you are having heterosexual intercourse, there is always a risk of pregnancy.
Ovulation tends to occur before your period, but in rare cases, your body will release an egg during your period. Once the egg is released, sperm can fertilize it at any time, even during your period. Always use birth control if you are trying to avoid pregnancy.
Myth 6: The “Pull-Out” Method Prevents Pregnancy
Choosing your birth control method is a personal decision only you can make. However, relying on the “pull-out” method to prevent pregnancy is risky. This method is only about 80% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Relying on this method for pregnancy prevention will likely result in an unwanted pregnancy at some point. This is because semen can be released in small amounts before ejaculation.
Myth 7: Pornography Is Realistic
Pornography often shows very unrealistic sexual scenarios. Adult videos are not good sources of information regarding safe, consensual sex.
Pornography involves paid adult actors that follow scripts. Many of the actions depicted in pornography are not achievable by the average person. There are many unrealistic standards set by pornography for men and women in our society.
Myth 8: Hormonal Birth Control Damages Your Body
The decision to go on hormonal birth control is very personal. However, many myths are circulating about the effects of birth control on women’s bodies.
Studies have explored possible links between birth control and weight gain, acne, mood swings, and other side effects. No studies have shown that hormonal birth control causes damage to your body. Everyone’s body is different, and you should always consult a healthcare professional about any symptoms you experience.
Myth 9: You Need to Have Sex by a Certain Age
The pressure to engage in sexual activity can be strong, especially during your teenage years. However, there is no “right age” to have sex.
Having sex is a personal decision you need to make when you feel ready. Even if all of your peers are having sex, that doesn’t mean you need to start. There is nothing wrong with abstaining from sex at any age.
Myth 10: Your Immune System Has Nothing to Do with Sex
Your immune health is very important in preventing sexually transmitted complications. When your immune system is weak, it cannot fight off health threats effectively. Even with proper protection, there is always a risk of contracting sexual health problems.
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Myth 11: Men Always Want Sex More than Women
A common stereotype is that men always want sex while women are indifferent to sex. This is simply not true. Men and women both experience sexual desire at similar rates. In fact, some studies have shown evidence that women experience sexual desire more frequently than men on average. Gender has little to do with the desire to have sex.
Myth 12: You Have to Be in Love to Have Sex
There is a common narrative that you must be in love with any sexual partner you have. This is a personal decision that every individual must make for themselves. There is no scientific evidence for love being essential in sexual relationships.
Whether you have multiple partners or just one, the important thing is that you feel comfortable in your encounters. Always advocate for yourself when it comes to your sex life.