40% of women of different ages know very little about their own bodies, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This leads them to depend a lot on the information from myths and different sources on the Internet, which unfortunately many times is false, and can even be harmful to their health.
We have collected the most common myths about women’s health and found the arguments to oppose them, so this article will be helpful to you if you have questions about women’s health and what to do to avoid the misconceptions.
Birth control pills don’t have any side effects – Myth no. 1
Even though many people believe that birth control pills are an easy way to avoid pregnancy, the female body is changed unnaturally by these pills and they can have permanent effects. Don’t prescribe them to yourself after reading some positive reviews online, but first see a doctor, especially if you suffer from losing consciousness, high blood pressure and high sugar levels.
You can’t get pregnant if you take birth control pills – Myth no. 2
Even after they stop taking the birth control pills for a few months, many women can’t get pregnant. But according to a study published in 2009, 20% of the women in the survey were able to get pregnant one month after they stopped taking the pill.
Also, there is a small risk that you could get pregnant while taking the pill because 2-3 out of 100 women got pregnant even while taking birth control pills. The reason could be that the pills were not suited for the individual, so always consult with your doctor before taking them.
Bad hygiene causes ALL infections – Myth No. 3
The female genitalia kills the bad bacteria by its own way, and it lets the good bacteria live. If the pH level is not in the borders of normal, bad bacteria reproduces faster, so it leads to infections, itching, irritation and unpleasant smells. Some scented soaps and shower gels destroy the natural pH, and they cause infections to develop. So, choose soaps with a neutral level of pH, or simply use just warm water.
Miscarriage is a rare occurrence: Myth no. 4
On average, 17% of pregnancies end up with miscarriage. So, you have to pay extra close attention to your health while you are pregnant.
The menstrual pain is inevitable: Myth no. 5
59% of women experience bad pain during menstruation, and 20% of them said that the pain doesn’t even allow them to work or leave their homes. A few ways to decrease the pain are warm compresses, staying away from alcohol, drinking coffee and getting a lot of rest.
Menstrual pain disappears after pregnancy: Myth no. 6
It is simply not true that pregnancy and giving birth will stop the menstrual pain forever. Every individual is different, so in some cases, it may be true, but in some cases, the menstrual pain will be the same or even greater after giving birth.
Women transform themselves into monsters once a month: Myth no. 7
There has been no scientific proof that women feel or think different during menstruation. The hormonal balance in our bodies influence our mood just as much as all the other little things that irritate us every day.
You cannot sunbathe when you get old: Myth no. 8
Yes, ultraviolet radiation is dangerous, but it is dangerous at any age. It causes premature ageing of the skin and can lead to skin cancer. It is advisable to use sunscreen even when you are driving or walking down the park on a sunny day, especially on your face, neck and ears.