Do Not Fall for These Myths About Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women’s reproductive health has always been part of one myth or another. When it comes to a woman’s sexuality, it is often considered a taboo. From not talking about menstruation out loud to frequently restricting a woman’s sexual activity, everything is considered taboo. Recently, the topic of abortion has come under scanner in the United States.

So if you are wondering what the myth is and what is true regarding your sexual and reproductive health, we have tried to dispel some of the misconceptions:

No symptoms mean there is no sexually transmitted infection

This is a widespread misconception, but STDs can manifest in different ways in our bodies. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases found that 63 percent of cervical chlamydia and 54 percent of gonorrhea cases were asymptomatic. Speaking to Women’s Health, Fred Weyand, director of communications for the American Sexual Health Association, said, “Women can go much longer with chlamydia without seeing or feeling anything unusual.” So get yourself checked regularly if you are sexually active.

The contraceptive pill protects against sexually transmitted diseases

If you think that popping the contraceptive pill will also ensure that you won’t get an STD, that’s not true. The main job of the birth control pill is to prevent pregnancy and not keep you free of STDs. However, if you are looking for something that can do both, condoms are the only method of birth control that works as protection against STDs.

Cranberry juice treats a urinary tract infection

According to the University of Utah, cranberry juice will not treat urinary tract infections or the bacterial infections that cause frequent urination, burning, and back and pelvic pain. Although it may prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, researchers are still studying whether drinking cranberry juice will completely treat the problem. It is therefore recommended to make an appointment with a gynecologist who can prescribe antibiotics and suggest treatments.

All new moms adjust to motherhood

You’re not a bad mom if you feel down after having a baby. Motherhood is not a switch that is turned on once a child is born. According to the University of Utah, three out of four women will experience some form of postpartum depression. If your depression lasts more than a few weeks or gets worse, you should see your doctor. You may suffer from postpartum depression, which is a serious illness that needs treatment.

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