Common Myths About Sexual Health

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Lack of awareness associated with sexual health has led to the spread of a lot of myths. And shyness to discuss the intimate health and question the facts especially in a conservative country like India has further facilitated the spread of false news misleading the generation.

To provide education vital for your intimate needs, below are some of the most popular and important myths doing the rounds.
Mouth-to-mouth contact or skin contact with an infected person can pass on certain sexually transmitted diseases such as oral herpes. The same happens during oral sex. So it is better to know the status of your partner before indulging into any intimate activity.
Though it is always advisable, sticking to one partner does not guarantee protection from STI. If your partner is infected, even a single encounter of unprotected sex (vaginal, oral or anal), genital rubbing, sharing sex toys or other intimate acts can pass on the infection.
Toilets can lead to the spread of UTIs, not STIs. STI are sexually transmitted infections that spread through sexual contact and infected discharges like semen, not urine. Urine is usually, sterile.
Condoms offer maximum protection against contraception as well as STDs but they are not 100% successful. The surest form of protection is abstaining from sex.
Condoms should never be reused. After usage, they should be disposed off properly wrapped.
Water or chlorine in the pool does not kill the infecting bacteria/virus and thus, does not offer any protection from STI.
Infact, having one sexually transmitted infection makes one prone to contract other infections too. Also, you can contract the same infection again if precautions have not been taken.
With modern investigation techniques, STI testing is as simple and easy as any other blood test.
Many STIs do not produce any symptom and can stay silent for a long time. Thus, STI testing is recommended after every doubtful sexual encounter.
The G-spot, responsible for sexual pleasure, is situated only about 1-1.5 inches inside the female vagina. Thus, the size of the penis does not really determine the level of pleasure.
Though the chances are low but conception can occur during periods too as the sperm can stay alive in the uterus for 4-5 days.
Cleaning your vaginal area externally does not prevent pregnancy or spread of infections as the semen can travel into the uterus quite fast. Also, douching can push the semen further up into the uterus. It can in turn, wash off the useful bacteria found in the vagina resulting in infections. Urination is of no help, as urine is excreted from the urethra while semen is ejaculated in the vagina.
Taking careful informed decisions is necessary to preserve your sexual health and enjoy the intimate moments to the fullest.

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Article: Dr Nidhi
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