Separating myths from facts on sexual health

It may not always be comfortable to talk about sex, but having an open, honest discussion with your partner—and discussing your sexual health with your physician —is the best way to cultivate an honest, fulfilling intimate relationship while protecting your health. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to sexual health, even among educated adults. These mistruths can be harmful to your health, so continue reading for a look at some of the most common.

Myth: It’s obvious when someone has an STI
Though sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be serious health conditions, their symptoms aren’t always obvious . The only way to know for sure if you or someone else has an STI is to get tested. If someone says that they know they do not have any STIs or STDs, ask when the last time they got tested was. Some infections can take months to show up on screening tests, and others may have a delayed onset of any noticeable symptoms.

It’s also important to recognize that using a condom is not a fool-proof way of preventing the spread of STIs and STDs. Some infections are spread by skin to skin contact in the genital area, and some are spread when condoms are not used correctly—in combination with an oil-based lubricant, for example.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant while you’re on your period
Pregnancy can occur during any time in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Though it is most likely to occur when she’s ovulating, a woman can get pregnant at any time, even when she’s on her period.

Myth: Senior citizens don’t get STDs
It’s not just young people who must worry about sexual health and safety. Senior citizens can also contract STDs, and they in fact have a higher risk in some cases, because many older adults do not realize they need to get tested.

When you need to get the answers to essential questions about your health or schedule the preventive exams and screenings that will keep you safe, call (888) 762-8881 to reach Regional Medical Center of San Jose. One of our registered nurses will be available to take your call 24/7, so don’t hesitate to reach out when you need us most. In the event of an emergency, however, call 911 or head to our San Jose emergency room right away.

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