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Four Common Misconceptions about Sex

Sex is a natural occurrence that requires careful decision-making. Unfortunately, sharing misinformation online and offline has created a series of myths and misconceptions about sex. When ignored, this can put the parties in a precarious situation. Here are some common misconceptions about sex:

  1. Sex is just like porn.

Many people often refer to porn as a reference for sex. In reality, pornography depicts sex as a fantasy that doesn’t play out in real life. Some myths that porn perpetuates include people reaching climax together, body image issues including penile length and coloring, and even irresponsibly displayed kinks.

In real life, sex is messy but also beautiful. People with sex may also reach climax at different times, and people with different body shapes and sizes can engage in these activities. Awkward transitions between positions, releasing gas, and even laughing or joking during sex is quite common.

  1. Oral sex is safe.

People who don’t want to get pregnant or risk an STI may advocate for oral sex instead. However, in reality, you can still get an STI from oral sex if your partner happens to be infected. Some examples include chlamydia; Hepatitis A, B, and C; and genital herpes.

In short, the only way to guarantee safe sex is to get tested first and use protection.

  1. It’s safe to pull out before ejaculation.

Before orgasm, both males and females can produce bodily and vaginal fluids during arousal. During this exchange of fluids, pregnancy and the exchange of STIs can still occur even if the man “pulls out” before ejaculation.

  1. Only men who have sex with men can get HIV.

People can get HIV in several ways, including anal and vaginal sex, sharing needles and other drug injection paraphernalia, and breastfeeding. In this case, anyone can get HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender.

The only way to dispel the common misunderstandings about sex and sexuality is to have reliable information from experts. Discussing safe sex practices with your partner can also ensure you don’t perpetuate these myths. Just because you avoided pregnancy and didn’t acquire an STI doesn’t mean it won’t happen next time. To avoid such risks, stay safe and get regularly tested.

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