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Sex Myths and Facts about sexual life
April 7, 2022
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15 Most common sex myths

Everyone’s heard their fair share of sex myths, especially during their teenage years. Unfortunately, though, some myths might persist well into adulthood, affecting the way we relate to our sexual lives. Here, we debunk some of the most widespread misconceptions about sex.

Some myths are harmless, while on the other hand, many myths are dangerous because they can change the way you approach sex, encouraging you to take more risks or feel less satisfied.

So for your safety and sexual satisfaction, here are 15 most common sex myths debunked:

1) Sex Myth: Having a much-younger lover means mind-blowing sex

Getting it on with those much younger than us means they have energy and endurance — and this will result in earth-shattering sex.

The Facts: While some folx are down for that sweet age gap love — there is no promise that having a younger lover will yield the positive results celebs such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas may benefit from. Chemistry can vary from couple to couple — and it has little to do with how long someone has been on the planet. In fact, good sex has a lot to do with communicating — bettering both sex and the relationship as a whole.

2) Sex Myth: A penis needs to be large in order for your partner to have a satisfying sexual experience

Size matters — and a big penis promises a super satisfying experience in the sack. That’s the key to an awesome sexual experience.

The Facts: Not only can it be complicated to deal with a bigger-than-average penis, but there is no promise that your sexual experience will be a satisfying one. Let’s be honest, for women, the formula involves the right amount of friction and stimulation of the clitoris — which doesn’t even require a phallic device. Good sex is about intimacy, and great chemistry and doesn’t hinge on specific genitalia.

While intercourse can lead to different kinds of orgasms, there is no promise that size will be a benefit. But never forget: studies suggest lesbians orgasm more than straight women. So, no penis, big or small, is necessary for a satisfying sexual experience.

3) Sex Myth: Sperms only live for a short time after it’s released

The Facts: After ejaculation, a male’s sperm can actually live in the female reproductive tract for up to five days, even if you thoroughly wash after sex. For this reason, if a man has sex with a woman, even a few days before she ovulates or before she’s in her “fertility window,” there’s still a chance a pregnancy could occur.

4) Sex Myth: You can’t get pregnant from period sex

The Facts: Although uncommon, you can still get pregnant if you have unprotected sex on your period due to the fact that sperm can survive in the female reproductive system for up to 5 days. If you have sex towards the end of your period and ovulate early in your cycle, it is possible to get pregnant from the surviving sperm.

5) Sex Myth: You can only get HIV through anal sex

The Facts: You can get HIV through a variety of sexual acts such as oral, vaginal, and anal sex, as well as in other situations through the exchange of body fluids. Learn more about HIV here.

6) Sex Myth: Certain sex positions can prevent pregnancy

The Facts: You can get pregnant standing up, sitting down, in a headstand, or jumping while having sex! Any sex where a penis enters the vagina can lead to the risk of pregnancy. There has been no research to show that any positions are better or worse for getting pregnant, so make sure to use birth control if you don’t want to conceive.

7) Sex Myth: The longer the duration better

The Facts: The length of sex depends on the couple and the situation, there is no ‘best’ duration. In fact, the commonly desired duration of sex is known to be somewhere between 7-13 minutes long, meaning that good sex isn’t necessarily longer.

8) Sex Myth: All women experience orgasms through intercourse

The Facts: It may be exactly this kind of thinking that speaks to why so many women don’t have orgasms. Many studies focusing on heterosexual relationships have found that while about 95 percent of men report orgasms in sexual encounters, only 50 to 70 percent of women get there.
The reality:

While vaginal intercourse can lead to orgasm (enough clitoral stimulation from friction) for some women, many need more attention on and around their clitoris. While orgasm-inducing nerves are on the head of the penis for cis men, those nerves live in the clitoris for women — and intercourse doesn’t always provide enough stimulation for cis women. Many men have it in their heads that their performance during intercourse should result in a female orgasm when the reality is many women require more stimulation. Pro-tip: hands, cunnilingus, vibrators, and other devices to stimulate the clitoris will help more women achieve the female orgasm.

9) Sex Myth: Sex will affect your sports performance

Coaches have been known to warn against players having sex before big games or competitions. The idea behind the myth is that pleasures of the flesh would subdue athletes’ focus and aggression (even testosterone), post-coitus. The myth has ancient origins and can be traced to Ancient Greece and Chinese medicine. By contrast, the lack of sexy time would increase frustration and boost energy.

The Facts: A recent meta-analysis (study of other studies) debunks this, and even concludes sex can do the body (and your sports spirit) good.

10) Sex Myth: A woman’s vagina can reveal how many partners she’s had.

If a woman has a broken hymen she is no longer a virgin, and the looser her vagina, the more partners she’s had.

The Facts: This myth is so problematic, that it can be difficult deciding what to tackle first, but let’s start here: the virginity test. In our not too distant past (and even present), when a to-be bride’s virginity needed to be vetted before she wed, someone (often a man) would check for a broken hymen (the skin covering the vaginal opening).

This is based on the flawed assumption that it can only be broken by sexual intercourse. Such arbitration would hold consequences on the female in question, for all the wrong reasons. By extension, still today, a common misconception is that a ‘loose vagina’ has seen a lot of action. How tight or loose a vagina feels depends on each woman’s genetics and the fit between her and her partner. This organ is incredibly elastic (as evidenced by its ability to accommodate the passing of a baby).

11) Sex Myth: You can’t get an STI from oral or anal sex

The Facts: You can get an STI from any kind of sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) or by close intimate contact with a partner. However, using protection (like a latex condom) during any type of sexual activity is proven to significantly lower your risk of getting or transmitting STIs.

12) Sex Myth: Doubling condoms means double protection

The Facts: It’s recommended to never use two condoms at once. Using two condoms can actually offer less protection than using just one. Incorrect use of condoms, such as stacking one on top of another can cause friction, weakening the material and increasing the chance of the condom breaking during intercourse.

13)Sex Myth: You can’t get an STI if you use a condom

The Facts: While condoms are 98% effective in preventing STIs, it’s still possible for sexually active individuals to get an STI any time they have sex, even if a condom is used. That’s why it’s a good idea to regularly test for STIs—even if you make sure to always use condoms during sex.

Understanding your body, your partner’s body, and fact vs. fiction when it comes to sexual health is vital to making informed decisions for your health. We understand that sexual health can sometimes be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but if you have any questions at all, we encourage you to consult with your healthcare provider. With that said, if you prefer more privacy when it comes to your sexual health and testing, consider taking an at-home STD test for women or an at-home STD test for men.

14) Sex Myth: Urinating after intercourse will not help prevent infections

The Facts: This is false. Actually, it’s recommended to empty your bladder after having sexual intercourse. The idea behind this is that bacteria can get into your urethra as you have sex, increasing your risk of infections like UTIs (urinary tract infections). Going to the bathroom right after sex helps flush bacteria out before they travel to your bladder.

15) Sex Myths: A woman can’t get pregnant if the man pulls out before ejaculation.

The Facts: The pre-cum also contains sperms. So the man doesn’t necessarily need to ejaculate. As soon as the penis is inserted into the vagina, the sperms in the pre-cum travel in.

17) Sex Myths: People don’t have sex when they get older or after they have had children.

The Facts: Of course, they have sex! There is no upper age limit on having sex. The ones who don’t, don’t because they have bought into the idea that they shouldn’t.

18) Sex Myths: Women don’t masturbate.

The Facts: Let’s get this straight. The society we live in is more accepting of men being sexually active than women. And that’s why they would like to make us believe that it’s unusual for women to masturbate. But that’s not true. It’s completely natural for both men and women to masturbate.

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