Women’s health has been surrounded by confounding myths since the field’s beginnings. Misinformation about women’s health and many aspects that affect a woman’s health can be found nearly anywhere. While women have access to a wealth of knowledge regarding their health, it’s important to wade through the information available and ensure you have the correct information to make informed decisions based on the truth. Below are a few of the most common myths and a few facts to help you towards the reality behind them.
Myth: Breast Cancer Is the Leading Cause of Death Among Women
It seems that a woman’s biggest health fear is breast cancer, however more women die each year from cardiovascular diseases than all cancers combined. While breast cancer isn’t the leading cause of death in women, it is essential to remain vigilant and perform regular exams and visit a physician.
Myth: Osteoporosis Prevention Should Begin During Menopause
Bone loss increases significantly during menopause, but women should take precautions far sooner. Adopting a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D as soon as possible will ensure your bones are as healthy and strong as possible before you reach menopause. Performing weight-bearing exercises such as resistance training, bicycling, sports, and more help increase skeletal health as well.
Myth: A Nursing Mother Cannot Become Pregnant
Breastfeeding only delays ovulation. Each woman is different and will therefore begin to ovulate at different times. Most women do not ovulate in the early months of breastfeeding and may begin ovulating in later months. If you do not wish to become pregnant again at that time, consult your doctor about using birth control again or practice safe sex.
Myth: You Can Contract an STD From Toilet Seats
This myth has been around for ages. STDs are transmitted through sexual contact which includes skin-to-skin contact or the exchange of bodily fluids. Most of the bacteria or viruses that cause STDs cannot survive outside of the body for long, so it would be nearly impossible for a woman to contract a STD in this manner.