Though people are more willing to discuss sex and sexual wellness in an open forum now than they were, say, 50 years ago, many myths regarding sexuality persist to this day. Indeed, not only are young people exposed to misinformation regarding sexual health, but plenty of grown adults don’t know certain important sexual health facts. (That’s one reason why safe sex education is so crucial.) Today, we’re going to set the record straight and provide five bits of valuable info relating to sexuality that most people probably don’t know:
Sex is Good For You
Not only is sex pleasurable, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that sex is good for your overall health as well. In fact, having an active sex life can help you lower your blood pressure, enhance your immune system, ease stress, and regulate sleep patterns.
Condoms Aren’t Perfect
Are condoms typically effective at preventing conception and the spread of STDs? Yes. But are they infallible? No. The truth is that condoms don’t prevent the spread of all STDs; you can contract herpes even while using a condom. In addition, latex condoms can become compromised when paired with baby oil or vaseline.
You Can Get Pregnant on Your Period
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths related to conception and pregnancy, including the following:
The reality is, though, women can and have gotten pregnant in all of those scenarios. There are certain times in a woman’s ovulation cycle when she’s most likely to conceive, but because sperm can live for several days after ejaculation, conception following vaginal sex is almost never out of the realm of possibility.
Most STDs Are Asymptomatic
Contrary to popular belief, STD symptoms are usually quite mild or even nonexistent. While it’s possible for individuals to notice common symptoms such as penis pimples or pain during urination, it’s just as likely that they’ll not experience any outward signs of an infection at all. This does not mean that STDs are harmless. On the contrary, because STDs are so difficult to identify, it actually makes them more dangerous than they otherwise might be.
Pap Smears Don’t Test For STDs
Pap smears and pap tests are not designed to detect STDs. And many doctors’ offices lack modern or sophisticated STD testing methods. Plus, as mentioned above, it’s rare to be able to identify an STD correctly based solely on physical observation. If you’re concerned that you might have an STD, it’s best to inform your doctor so that they can take the appropriate next steps to help you.