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8 Popular sexual myths that are ruining your s€x life

Mofe'tiOluwa

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Myths and misconceptions about sex abound. It is so easy to get confused as a result of the mixed messages surrounding sex, condoms, pregnancy and STIs. Have you ever heard such a thing as “If you wash up immediately after having sex you won’t be infected with STIs?” If you have, then you most probably have heard some others. Here are some of those myths you should stop believing already.

  1. The size of a man’s penis affects sexual performance and satisfaction.

In reality, there is no correlation between penis size and performance. Ability to have penetrative sex, level of bond and intimacy between sexual partners, and sex position are what determines sexual satisfaction, not a man’s size.

  1. Men have higher sex drive than women.

Strong sex drive is not exclusive to a particular gender. Women also have strong sex drives. Individual differences come to play here.

  1. Withdrawal method prevents pregnancy.

The withdrawal method is 78% effective in preventing pregnancy. It is not uncommon for semen to slip out of the penis during sexual intercourse even when a man has not ejaculated. That little slip is enough to get a woman pregnant.

  1. You can use a condom more than once if washed properly.

Condoms cannot be re-used no matter how properly washed they are. The effectiveness of a condom is reduced once it has been used – the more a condom is being handled the greater the chances of it being damaged. Condoms should never be re-used.

  1. Urinating or douching immediately after sex prevents pregnancy.

Douching after sex with anything whatsoever (water, vinegar, lime water, alum or soda) won’t prevent pregnancy. It could however lead to infections.

  1. STIs cannot be gotten from having oral sex.

HPV, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B can be gotten from oral sex.

  1. Condoms make sex less pleasurable.

Sex can be as pleasurable with condom as much as it is when no condom is used.

  1. Pregnancy cannot occur during period.

It rarely happens but it is absolutely possible. If a woman has a short menstrual cycle, she could get pregnant if she has sex during her period. Since sperm can live up to 5 days inside a woman, fertilization can occur if a woman ovulates in between those days.

 

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.