The top sex myths
For a culture that is often said to be saturated in sex, there's an unusual disconnect between what is true and what is a total misconception. Rumors and hearsay can twist opinions and facts, so it's important to get things straight when it comes to sexual health.
One of the most common rumors out there is that if a man pulls out, there's no chance that a woman can get pregnant. This is wrong. Every time you have sex, you should use a condom, which can not only protect against pregnancy, but against common STDs, too. Health Me Up reports that one out of every five women who have sex with the pull-out method end up pregnant.
The other problem is that many people believe that condoms don't have an expiration date. They do, albeit a long-term one. They can rapidly deteriorate if left out in the sun or on top of a heater.
Another myth is that all-night sex sessions are a possibility for everyone. Given the vast and complex differences in sexual attitude and aptitude, there's a good chance that your personal bedroom routine isn't going to be an 8-hour romp between the sheets. Then again, not many people have the time or will to do this, anyway.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can sometimes be thought of as an untreatable condition, according to Health Me Up. But the fact is that lifestyle changes – such as weight loss, the cessation of smoking and a healthy diet – can prevent ED from occurring.
There is also a lot of misinformation about STDs, something that may be best remedied by a perusal of public resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a comprehensive guide to most STDs, from methods of transmission to symptoms and treatment.