There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the female reproductive system. Some of them are recent while others are passed down from generation to generation. But the main thing is that they can be quite harmful to your health and well-being since these myths can mislead you. In this article, we have gathered seven common gynecological myths that should be addressed ASAP.
1. You can’t take a bath during periods
If you want to take a bath during periods, you can easily do that. Many people think that the water in the bathtub can cause infection. But the reality is that the tap water is not infected and there is no wound to infect. You can use a tampon in order not to spoil the water. Additionally, you should know that a warm (not hot) bath can help ease period cramps.
2. STDs always cause severe symptoms
Indeed, sexually transmitted diseases can cause abnormal vaginal discharge with a strong odor, genital rash, vaginal itching, and other obvious symptoms in some women. But the truth is that STDs can develop asymptomatically in many people. As a result, they may not know that they are infected and pass STDs to their partners. That’s why it is better to use condoms during sex.
3. Douching can help prevent pregnancy
There is a common misconception that you can douche your vagina to flush away the sperm and this will help you prevent pregnancy. The truth is that the sperm moves quickly and many of them reach the uterus even before you begin to douche. You should also know that douching can actually push sperm into the uterus. Additionally, douching can disrupt the natural pH balance in your vagina that can result in bacterial vaginosis.
4. There is no need to remove uterine polyps
Uterine polyps are tumors that occur in the uterus. In most cases, they are benign but up to 5 percent of uterine polyps can turn cancerous. Additionally, uterine polyps can cause:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Heavy periods
- Pain and discomfort dung sex (if polyps grow near the cervix)
You should also know that polyps that block the fallopian tubes can lead to infertility. That’s why it is better to visit a gynecology clinic to remove them.
5. You should use scented soaps to clean your vagina
The vagina usually has a specific smell. But many people think that it is essential to get rid of this smell. That’s why there are a lot of scented products for intimate hygiene. But the reality is that harsh chemicals and fragrances can cause irritation and even allergic reactions. You should understand that the vagina is self-cleaning and you shouldn’t use soaps to wash it. For intimate hygiene, it is better to choose soaps without a strong smell.
6. Human papillomavirus can be easily cured
Human papillomavirus is a virus that can be transmitted through sex and skin-to-skin contact and cause cervical cancer. It can develop asymptomatically, or cause warts throughout the body (including the genital area). Indeed, these warts can be easily removed but it doesn’t mean that warts removal can help get rid of the virus. You should understand that there is no treatment for HPV but you can get a vaccine to prevent infection.
7. Having many sexual partners can make your vagina loose
One of the most common myths about the vagina is that women who have multiple sexual partners have a loose vagina. The vagina is elastic and can stretch a lot during sex. However, its size returns to normal after intercourse. Regular intercourse, no matter how often you do it or how many partners you have, will not make your vagina loose.