What is the National Sex Week about?
National Sex Week is a period map out to create awareness for safe sex practice and educate the general public on sex education. There is no doubt that sex is one of the less discussed topics especially in religious homes but one of the most practiced exercise by all. So, the essence of this week is to talk about all that we all need to know about sex and to help people explore safe practices.
Are there myths about Sex?
There are lots of false news and misconceptions about sex and we all in one way or the other have had our fair share of sex myths, especially during our teenage years. It could have been from our parents, friends, brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, though, some myths might persist well into adulthood, affecting the way we relate to our sexual lives. This is why we have decided to debunk some of the most widespread misconceptions about sex.
Some funny sex myths we have heard include “When did you pop your cherry?” “You’ll go blind if you masturbate!” “If a man touches you , you will get pregnant” “Oh to perform very well in sports events, avoid sex before the event at least one month.” These phrases sound familiar right?
Be patient, relax and and take your time to read every detail so that you can learn why you should stop worrying so much about all the false information about sex:
- Myth 1: Oral sex is safe sex.
Fact: You can still get infected with STIs through Oral sex. Alhough oral sex is considered safer if you choose to engage in sexual activity, precautions should still be taken.
Myth 2: You can tell if someone has a sexually transmitted infection by looking at them.
Fact: The only way one might know that they have a sexually transmitted infection is by getting tested.
- Myth 3: Popping the cherry (Hymen a mark for virginity)
Fact: Hymen is not an evidence of virginity. There is this old belief that to know a lady who is still a virgin, you should look out for Hymen bleeding. This erroneous belief spurred men into thinking that if they have sex with a lady who claims to be a virgin and there is no Hymen tear/bleeding, then the lady is not a virgin.
That’s just a myth. The Hymen is delicate, elastic and has an opening which allows mensuration flow. While vaginal intercourse or some more strenuous physical activities could cause minor hymen tearing, many women do not experience any tearing or bleeding during sex, as the hymen can stretch to accommodate the penis. Even if tearing does occur, bleeding doesn’t always follow.
Myth 4: Condoms means safe sex.
Fact: It’s true that the use of condom protects against unwanted pregnancy, STIs and STDs but this does not rule out the possibility of getting infected. Broken condoms can put one at risk so when using condom, be conscious of it, wear your size and wear it correctly.
Myth 5: Only MSM (men who have sex with men) can get HIV.
Fact: irrespective of gender and sexual orientation, anyone who is sexually active can get HIV or a sexually transmitted infection.
Myth 6: Withdrawal before ejaculation is safe and prevents pregnancy.
Fact: Men discharge pre cum which contains sperm before the full ejaculation. and women also produce vaginal fluids during arousal, and this fluids transmits virus which can result to pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections even if one withdraw before ejaculation.
Myth 7: Masturbation is not healthy, it’s not healthy for you
There are many myths related to masturbation: that it can make a man go blind, that it can lead to erectile dysfunction, and that it can cause sexual dysfunction in women.
Fact: There are absolutely no links between your genitals and your eyes, so try as you might, you won’t lose the gift of vision just by exploring your sexual pleasures sometimes.
According to research, masturbation is healthy it brings a lot of health benefits. In fact, specialists argue that there’s no such thing as masturbating too often, and that it actually brings health benefits, including released tension, eased menstrual cramps, and, no less importantly, a body roadmap.
Myth 8: Sex affects athletic performance
For years, the managers and coaches of top sports performers have forbidden their athletes to indulge in sex before important events for fear that their performance would be weakened.
Fact: That’s just a myth and you will be glad to know that recent studies show that having sex the day before participating in a sports competition doesn’t affect performance. In fact it is said to help an anxious athlete relax.
Myth 9: Thebigger the penis, the better the sex.
Fact: Penis vary in different sizes, shapes and colours so it doesn’t tell how well the person will perform. Compatibility with your partner is what really makes sex better.
Here you have it, some of the sex myths that we have debunked. Does any of this apply to you or you have some others that you want to let us know? We’d be waiting in the comment section…
Ridwanulahi LawalSeptember 24, 2021
Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.
HVNaija to the world👏👏👏
Ridwan AgboluajeSeptember 24, 2021
This is awesome and educating….
Ridwan AgboluajeSeptember 24, 2021
Awesome and educating…..
TolunipraizSeptember 24, 2021
This is insightful, thank you for sharing. These conversations should be had often, a lot of people need this reorientation.