Five Myths About Women’s Bodies

five myths about women's bodies

Harmful Pregnancy Myths You Should Ignore

This article, five myths about women’s bodies, debunks unconfirmed reports on virginity, menstruation, pregnancy risk, sleep pattern, and menopause. And replaces them with facts.

Myth: A doctor can tell if a woman is a virgin

Fact: Several studies have reported that even when doctors use 10-fold magnification, they cannot precisely separate virgins from the sexually active. It’s not as simple as looking for a hole in the hymen since there is always a hole in the hymen.

Also, many people believe the hymen seals off the vagina until virginity is lost. But according to medical experts, that is not the case. However, in rare cases when the vagina is sealed, blood from menstruation builds in the uterus causing a severe medical problem.

Myth: A woman can’t get pregnant when menstruating

five myths about women's bodies

Fact: While it’s a reality that a woman is unlikely to conceive during menstruation, still nothing is impossible when it comes to pregnancy. Once sperm is inside you, the sperm can wait for an egg for up to a week. Likewise, ovulation can occur soon after or even during the bleeding phase of your menstruation. Thus making perfect timing for the sperm lurking around to get a lucky union with your egg. And in any case, the timing method of birth control is not 100% foolproof. Thus enabling parents to become parents, whether planned or not.

Myth: Antibiotics make birth control pills unreliable

five myths about women's bodies

Fact: Birth control pills fail about one percent of the time. And that failure rate doesn’t change when taken with several varieties of antibiotics.  However, there is a possible exception with rifampin which is the antibiotic prescribed for tuberculosis. Although rifampin lowers pregnancy-protecting hormone levels triggered by birth control pills. It remains uncertain whether or not the effect of antibiotics is big enough to increase pregnancy risk.

 Myth: Women need an equal amount of sleep as men

five myths about women's bodies

Fact: Tossing and turning during sleep causes women more psychological distress. According to a 2008 study of 210 people, disturbed sleep also raises women’s insulin and inflammation levels. These are risk factors for compromised health.

Furthermore, women who slept five or fewer hours a night were twice more likely to suffer from hypertension than women who slept for seven or more hours. But, in an earlier 2007 study of 6000 men, there was no such relationship.

Myth: Menopause causes sex drive to decline

five myths about women's bodies

Fact: Hearsays that surround the impact of menopause on sex place it among five myths about women’s bodies. But the reality is that the changes that come with menopause don’t necessarily affect sexual activities. A major survey of sexual habits found that roughly half of women in their fifties have sex several times a month.

While hot flashes and other discomforts linked to menopause may not put you in the mood. This is a temporary drawback because there is no direct link between menopause and sexual desire. So, if you are entering menopause, this is not the reason to say no to sex with your partner.

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