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Equipped with sweaty palms and wide eyes, most of us have braved health classes featuring the dreaded birth video, awkward giggles and possibly a banana. Some of us paid attention in class. Others had an awkward discussion with their parents.
The vast majority of us though, had our sex education from hushed games of telephone. We whispered knowledge we gleaned from siblings, from the internet, or from the other kids who seemed “in the know”. These conversations came with misconceptions, myths, and mysteries about sex that our innocent minds readily believed. We gathered some of these myths and legends to make it clear - what is real and what’s not.
Many of us would love it if we didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant until we wanted to. To our dismay, anytime sperm makes contact with an egg and fertilizes it, there’s a possibility of a pregnancy.
While there might be a tiny chance of this occurring, it’s quite unlikely. Disease-causing organisms generally only live on surfaces for a very short time. For the STD to be transferred, during its short lifespan, the disease would have to travel to a urethral, genital tract, or through an open wound. So ease up on those fears of sitting on a public toilet seat. And if you’re really concerned, a quick disinfectant wipe will solve the problem
The vagina is a powerful organ! It quickly recovers elasticity and does not permanently loosen from frequent sex. Same goes for the butt!
Some people’s hymens bleed a great deal when they break, though this isn’t always the case. Hymens come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Hymens can also break for many reasons, and the presence or lack of a hymen doesn’t reflect someone’s sexual experience.
Many contraceptive options exist for all sexes including condoms and vasectomies for people with penises. In addition to the birth control pill/vaginal ring/implant/patch and IUD, there are other forms of contraception. The internal condoms exist for both vaginal and anal use.
— Birth Control Pill
(Intra) Vaginal Ring
— Long term
— Inserted into vagina and releases hormones
— Long term
— Releases synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones
— Long term
— Device inserted into the vagina, lined with hormones
— Injects hormones into your bloodstream
— Available for external (covering the penis) or internal (inserted into vagina/anus)
— One-time use only
— Cap that fits over the cervix
— Similar to a diaphragm but smaller in size
— Paired with spermicide
— Device inserted into vagina to block sperm, and is toxic to sperm/
Fallopian Tube Implants
— Sperm blocked from the eggs by small metal springs implanted in the fallopian tubes
— Cut/Tie/Seal Fallopian Tubes
— Cut/Seal Vas Deferens
Though this myth would grant peace of mind, not everyone is aware they’re a carrier because they don’t have the symptoms (up to 70% of people with chlamydia or gonorrhea don’t show any symptoms). It is important to maintain safer sex practices and get tested regularly. For people with vaginas to stay informed of their sexual health, the Eve Kit Service provides a convenient and discreet way to screen from home.
This is actually possibly true! A University of Michigan study found that orgasming increases the amount of estrogen in women. Estrogen increases skin thickness and improves skin elasticity which makes your skin look younger.
You know, sometimes life isn’t so literal.
It doesn’t. Promise.
Though this is rare, studies have found that birth control, oral contraceptives can contribute to liver damage [Oral contraceptives and liver function], blood clots that lead to heart disease [Heart Disease & Birth Control], and add to the risk of stroke [Migraine and the contraceptive pill].
Our bodies’ response to a climax is not all that dependent on the sex of the person. Getting to a climax, however, depends entirely on the individual’s preferences.
Sex and our bodies really shouldn’t be mysteries. The best way to combat these myths is through better education and openly discussing sexual health. What myths have you heard about sex? Share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Looking for a fresh perspective on sex ed? Toronto native and Eve intern Ayesha writes about her experience with sex ed and how the curriculum changes might affect young people. Read on >> Opinion: Sex-ed is Life Education - Curriculum Changes in Ontario