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Ten Myths about Sex in Teens

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Myth
Masturbation leads to impotence and insanity.
Fact
Masturbation or self–stimulation is a perfectly normal and common way of satisfying the sexual impulse.

Myth
A virgin bleeds on the first night of sexual intercourse.
Fact
The hymen, which is a thin flap of skin could be damaged during any vigorous activity, e.g. cycling, swimming or horse riding. So an intact hymen would show that a girl has never had intercourse, but a broken hymen does not show that she has had intercourse either.

Myth
One drop of semen is equal to 40 drops of blood.
Fact
Semen and blood are completely different substances in the body, and there cannot be any equivalence between the two.

Myth
A woman cannot enjoy the sexual act as much as a man can.
Fact
Both man and woman can enjoy having sex to an equal extent.

Myth
Pregnant women should not do any cutting or stitching, since this may damage the baby, giving rise to a cleft lip or palate.
Fact
Physical activities of the mother, as long as they are not strenuous, will not affect the baby in her uterus in any way.

Myth
The mother is responsible for the sex of the baby.
Fact
The chromosome (X or Y) which comes from the father will determine whether the child is male or female.

Myth
A woman should not indulge in activities such as driving, walking for long distances, washing her hair or having sex during her menstruation.
Fact
Walking, bathing or driving is perfectly alright, and having sex is a personal decision of both partners. It in fact facilitates sexual intercourse due to better lubrication.

Myth
Every woman gets pregnant after her first intercourse.
Fact
Pregnancy can occur only during the fertile period, when the ovum is released into the fallopian tube, and if it gets fertilized by a sperm.

Myth
Aphrodisiacs help a person to feel a greater sexual urge.
Fact
There is no scientific proof that aphrodisiacs act on the sex drive. Most of the time, if they do seem effective, it is because the person using them strongly believes in their effectiveness.

Myth
It is dirty to touch one’s genitals, even for cleaning or washing
Fact
It is very important to maintain cleanliness in the genital region, hence, washing everyday is a must.


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