Your doctor is the best source of information about your sexual health. So, why do you trust rumors, social media or the new friend you made at that party last Friday?
Everything you hear about sexual health is not true.
Some myths about sexual health refuse to die down. To combat those pesky rumors and ongoing myths, we’ve put together a list of three common myths and the facts that debunk them.
Sexual Health Myths Debunked
Sexual Health Myth #1 – Women need a pap smear when they turn 18
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised the recommendation for Pap tests. The test is recommended for women who have been sexually active for about three years, or when they turn 21.
An early Pap test probably won’t be particularly harmful. However, the anticipation of the test may make young women uncomfortable and less likely to ask questions. The recommendation for tests to begin at age 21 is safe.
Sexual Health Myth #2 – Condoms protect against all STDs
Using a condom correctly can lower the risk of being infected with some infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. However, condom use does not guarantee protection from all sexually transmitted diseases. Since condom use doesn’t provide 100% protection for the many types of STDs, you should get STD testing regularly to detect a possible condition early.
Sexual Health Myth #3 – Birth control pills make you gain weight
A common myth is that oral contraceptives cause rapid weight gain in women. Clinical trials haven’t been able to prove a correlation or cause and effect relationship between birth control pills and weight gain. Women should ask their doctors about the known side effects of potential birth control options in order to compare alternatives and make the right decision.
These are just a few of the common myths related to sexual health. Follow the About STD blog to learn sexual health facts.