Women’s reproductive health has always been part of some myth. When it comes to women’s sexuality, it is often considered taboo. From not talking out loud about menstruation to often limiting women’s sexual activity, everything is considered taboo. Recently, the topic of abortion has come under the scanner in the United States.
So if you’ve been wondering what’s a myth and what’s true regarding your sexual and reproductive health, we’ve tried to dispel some misconceptions:
No symptoms means no sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
This is a common misconception, but STDs can manifest in our bodies in different ways. A 2011 study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases found that 63 percent of cervical chlamydia cases and 54 percent of gonorrhea cases were symptom-free. Fred Wyand, director of communications for the American Sexual Health Association, told Women’s Health, “Women can deal with chlamydia for much longer without seeing or feeling anything atypical.” So get checked regularly if you are sexually active.
Birth control pills protect you against STDs
If you think that taking a contraceptive pill also prevents you from getting infected with STDs, then you don’t. The pill’s main job is to prevent pregnancy, not to keep you STD-free. However, if you’re looking for something that can do both, condoms are the only method of contraception that works to protect against STDs.
Cranberry juice cures UTIS
According to the University of Utah, cranberry juice does not cure UTIs or bacterial infections that cause frequent, burning urination and back and pelvic pain. Although it can prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, researchers are still investigating whether drinking cranberry juice will completely cure the problem. So it is recommended to make an appointment with a gynecologist who can prescribe antibiotics and suggest treatments.
All new moms are adjusting to motherhood
You’re not a bad mom if you’re feeling down after giving birth. Motherhood is not a switch that goes on as soon as you bring a baby into the world. According to the University of Utah, three in four women will experience some form of depression after giving birth. If your depression lasts for more than a few weeks or gets worse, you should see a doctor. You may have postpartum depression, a serious illness that needs treatment.
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