Women’s Health Myths

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It can be easy to believe a common myth when you have heard it so many times. Learn the truth about these five common myths related to women’s health.

Myth: Bras Can Cause Breast Cancer

You may have heard this old myth from your grandmother. The truth of the matter is that bras causing breast cancer is a completely false claim. There is no link between bras and breast cancer. So, keep wearing your bra without worry. Unless you just don’t want to wear a bra and that is totally okay too.

Myth: Cranberry Juice Cures Urinary Tract Infections

There have been many studies that have analyzed the link between cranberry juice and urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice has been shown to prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder walls but it will not treat an active urinary tract infection. An active infection must be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider.

Myth: You Are Eating for Two When You Are Pregnant

It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy but excessive weight gain during pregnancy is not healthy. The general guideline is that if you begin pregnancy at a normal weight then it is acceptable to gain 30 pounds, if you are overweight at the beginning of pregnancy then 20 pounds or less is the recommended weight gain.

Myth: Something is Wrong with Me, I Don’t Want to Have Sex

A woman’s sex drive is affected by stress and hormone changes. There is no “correct amount” of sex a person should be having. This will vary greatly depending on beliefs, hormones, and life factors. There is nothing wrong with someone who does not feel the need to have sex.

Myth: I Don’t Have an STD because I Don’t Have Any Symptoms

There are many STDs and / or STIs that do not have any symptoms such as chlamydia and HPV. This is one of the reasons why it is very important to get regular STD testing if you are sexually active.

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