10 common sex myths and facts
All over the world, sexual myths are sold to people, mostly the younger generation who might be naive about sex in general. Some of these myths are harmful…
Here are common sex myths and the truth.
A woman’s vagina becomes loose when she has sex all the time
In Nigeria, there is a misconception about how ‘tight a woman’s vagina should be’. Virgins are supposed to have tight vaginas and promiscuous women have loose ones because they have frequent sex. This is false. Women, like men, come in different sizes. It is very important to understand that the muscles around the vagina are elastic, meaning it naturally contracts and resumes their normal size and shape, both after sexual intercourse as well as childbirth.
Pregnancy can be avoided if you have sex while standing up
There are various versions of this told to young girls to make them want to have unprotected sex. The concept of having sex ‘standing up’ comes from the fact that if the sex is a little less comfortable, then there is a high likelihood that there will be no pregnancy. This is not correct. There is a chance a woman will get pregnant if she has unprotected sex, whether it is done sitting, lying on one’s back, or standing.
Having sex in water prevents pregnancy
It is believed that if you have sex in a pool or underwater, the sperm will be washed away and killed. This is false as having sex in water isn’t a determiner of whether there would be a pregnancy or not.
The hymen only breaks the first time sex happens
Nigeria, like other parts of Africa, has a very weird love for female virginity and it stems fromthe poisonous patriarchy. It is no wonder that a woman’s honor is attached to her virginity and as such, her hymen (a thin membrane that partially covers the entrance of the vagina) should be intact until sex. However, the hymen can also be broken by inserting tampons, physical activity, gymnastics, sports, or sex toys
Drinking alcohol right after sex prevents unwanted pregnancies
No amount of local gin will prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Whether it is taken before, during, or after sex, it does absolutely nothing. It is advised that you make use of some form of birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies instead.
You won’t get pregnant for first time sex
A lot of young girls believe there is something that makes them immune from being pregnant the first time they have sex. This is very wrong. There is every chance of pregnancy occurring the very first-time sex occurs.
Masturbation is harmful
Studies have shown that masturbation has helped people discover what their sexual preferences are. It is also safe and a natural way to release any sexual tension. Like every other thing, it should be done in moderation and it is not harmful as it is rumored to be. It is also a good way to know what works for you when it comes to sex.
Jumping up and down after sex prevents pregnancy
It is believed that when you jump up and down after sex, you can disrupt conception. This is not true so ensure that you use a reliable birth control method.