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5 Myths About the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women

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How much do you know about the sexual and reproductive health of women? Do you think it's important to be informed about this subject? Think again – here are five myths about the sexual and reproductive health of women that are so popular, even many experts believe them to be true. Maybe you've heard some of these misconceptions before and believed them to be fact – but now you can learn the truth! Here are five popular myths about the sexual and reproductive health of women that have little or no basis in reality.

Myth 1: Sex will cause you pain

As a woman, you might have been surprised to learn that an IUD (intrauterine device) is actually 99% effective at preventing pregnancy—more effective than condoms, as well as birth control pills. If you're like most women, you may not know all that much about your sexual and reproductive health. In fact, many women aren't aware of myths related to their own sexual and reproductive health, such as these common misconceptions: Your cycle only lasts for three days a month when it really can last for up to seven days. You shouldn't use lubricants during sex if you aren't ovulating, because it can cause pre-mature ejaculation. Sex makes your period come early or late. An IUD causes infertility.These are just some myths out there, but they highlight one thing: It's time to get informed. And one way to do that is by reading blogs written by experts in your field. There are thousands out there, so look around and find one that addresses topics relevant to you!

Myth 2: If you don't have children, something is wrong with you?

Infertility isn't a disease and doesn't mean you're less of a woman. The CDC reports that one in eight American women aged 15 to 44 are childless, so statistically, someone you know is likely to choose not to have children. As Jessica Grose said in her Slate article: I've known friends who were certain they wanted children, and friends who were equally certain they didn't. But by my mid-30s, after my peers had all become parents or made the decision not to be, I was still undecided. If anything, I would say I was feeling pretty conflicted. There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to being a parent. One of the things I feared most was that I wasn't sure if motherhood would fit into my life.So I wasn't sure if motherhood would be a good fit for me. . . Among 40-year-old American women, more than one in five have never given birth, according to new Pew Research Center data. This figure becomes even more concerning, among college-educated women (nearly one in four) and high earners (one in five). Among white women born after 1965, half will be childless at age 45.

Myth 3: Menstruation is a curse

In most societies, menstruation is viewed as a curse. Unfortunately, we can still find a lot of practice in different cultures around the world that aim to suppress or forbid menstruation: from tribal initiation rituals to female genital mutilation (FGM). In some cases, it is simply viewed as dirty or impure blood; in others, it is considered to cause infertility. Menstruation should be seen as normal and healthy; there is no reason why women should feel restricted because they are menstruating or feel less capable at that time. It just comes with being a woman! There are also many things that people don't know about menstruation: for example, not all women have a 28-day cycle and periods can sometimes come more than once per month.Also, bleeding during your period does not always mean you have lost an egg – if you haven't ovulated yet, then your body will continue producing hormones to try to make another egg grow, but if there is nothing there, then it doesn't work. So bleeding during your period could mean that you either haven't started ovulating yet, or you may already have ovulated but failed to release an egg into your Fallopian tube.

Myth 4: Women who are infertile are less valuable

Just because a woman can't bear children doesn't mean she is less valuable. The ability to reproduce does not equate to an ability to contribute or be useful to society. And even if it did, there are many other factors in addition to bearing children that make someone good at their job, such as passion, creativity, kindness, etc. It is important that women be valued for all they have to offer, instead of being relegated to being objects solely based on whether they have offspring. Being infertile doesn't change who you are; you don't suddenly become less than. Instead, your value is increased by celebrating what makes you special! A lack of fertility should never be viewed as a negative thing –it just means you have something different to offer from those who can give birth!Everyone has something unique to contribute, and we need everyone working together to ensure progress continues.

Myth 5: Sex education is about preventing pregnancy

Not exactly. Many people mistakenly think that sex education is all about preventing pregnancy, but a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be spread by sexual contact, as well. Sex education isn't just about practicing safe sex—it's also about understanding your sexual health. This includes everything from knowing how to check for STIs to understanding how things like stress, emotions, body image, and relationships can affect your sexual health too. Having a deeper knowledge of your own sexuality helps you make informed decisions about whom you have sex with and what type of sex you want to engage in; it also gives you more power to negotiate safer sexual practices if you feel uncomfortable or unsure around specific acts or partners.

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