The female reproductive system is a complicated structure that requires a lot of attention. When you develop some gynecological disease, it may affect not only your reproductive health but your well-being in general.
Due to the fact that women’s reproductive system wasn’t studied well for centuries, many people still believe in old myths and misconceptions. That’s why we gathered these eight debunked myths about the reproductive system you should know.
1. Hormonal contraception leads to infertility
One of the most common myths about hormonal contraception is that its intake can cause fertility issues. The reality is that many women who use oral contraception or other types of hormonal birth control can get pregnant right after the end of the course. Additionally, some of them can conceive even when skipped the single dose of hormone.
2. Missed periods mean pregnancy
If you skipped a period or even several periods, it doesn’t always mean that you are pregnant. Indeed, missed periods are the most common sign of pregnancy. But there are a lot of health issues (like PCOS, thyroid disorder, hormonal imbalance, etc.) that can also make your periods disappear.
3. Painful periods are normal
Mild pain and discomfort (primary dysmenorrhea) during periods can be considered normal. But if you experience unbearable pain (secondary dysmenorrhea) that interferes with your activity, it can be an alarming sign.
Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and many other conditions can enhance your pain during periods. This is why you should visit your gynecologist with this question, especially if your pain suddenly gets worse.
4. STIs can be transmitted only through vaginal sex
You should know that STIs can be transmitted through all kinds of unprotected sex. That’s why it is essential to use condoms during oral and anal sex as well. Additionally, herpes and human papillomavirus can be spread even through petting and skin-to-skin contact.
5. Abnormal vaginal discharge always mean yeast infection
Even though yeast infection is extremely common it is not the only cause of the vaginal discharge. For example, bacterial vaginosis can have similar symptoms but its cause is different.
Additionally, many STIs can cause abnormal vaginal discharge that is usually accompanied by unpleasant odor and itching. That’s why it is better to define the underlying cause of your discharge and only then choose the best treatment plan.
6. Douching is extremely beneficial
Many women think that douching is a universal remedy that can cure infections and diseases, The reality is that douching is deemed more harmful than beneficial. It changes the regular pH of your vagina that can cause abnormal symptoms. Douching with harsh chemicals can also cause irritation and discomfort.
7. Pain during sex is normal
It is essential to understand that sex shouldn’t be painful. If sex causes painful sensations, it means that you do something wrong or you have some health issues that interfere with normal sex life. You can try to prolongate the foreplay, add more lubrication, or change the position.
If you still experience pain and discomfort, it’s high time to make an appointment with your gynecologist. Conditions like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PID, or vaginitis can make sex painful. Timely treatment can help you avoid serious complications and make sex much better.
8. Regular gynecological check-ups are not necessary
Many women think that if they don’t experience pain or other symptoms of gynecological disorders, there is no reason to visit a gynecologist. But the reality is that many infections and diseases can develop asymptomatically or cause mild symptoms. A gynecologist can notice early signs of certain conditions during the regular check-up and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
The bottom line
Due to the fact that most of these myths are quite popular, it is essential to provide people with truthful information. Make sure that you visit the gynecologist regularly, don’t perform self, treatment, and don’t neglect any symptoms. You should understand that early diagnosis and proper treatment provide better results.