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Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Last updated on: August 30, 2011 13:27 IST
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There are countless myths floating around about sex, and many of these are targeted towards teenagers as they are more gullible and less informed when it comes to these issues. Teenagers are a confused lot, mainly because of the sudden changes that puberty brings to their body.

Thanks to a lack of proper information about sex or sex education, teenagers tend to believe myths and baseless facts about sex. If you have a teenage son, daughter or sibling, you should take note of all such popular myths and set the record straight -- as misinformation can prove to be quite costly for teens.

stay informed and motivated.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 1: Masturbation causes impotence

The origins of this myth aren't known, but this is one of the most ridiculous ones around. Impotence is in no way related to masturbation, which is a normal activity that people indulge in.

Masturbation is a healthy process that has no effect on the body, and preventing teens from masturbating may lead to complications if they decide to try out 'the real thing' and have unprotected sex.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 2: A virgin should bleed when she first has sexual intercourse

This is one of the age old myths that are still prevalent. Women do bleed when they break their hymen for the first time, but it's not necessary that only sex can make them bleed.

The hymen is a very thin flap of skin that can be easily damaged through rigorous exercise or other intense physical activities.

Women who play sports and frequently cycle or swim can also break their hymen, even though they might be virgins.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 3: A drop of semen corresponds to forty drops of lost blood

This is where even myths start getting weirder and weirder. This myth has been doing the rounds for a long time now, in a vain attempt to stop people from masturbating.

Blood and semen are not related in any way and they are completely different bodily fluids that are produced through different processes.

There's no way that masturbation can cause blood loss!

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 4: Women don't enjoy sex as much as men do

This is a well known sexist myth that's untrue. Women enjoy sex almost as much as men do, if not more, in some cases.

Women are also capable of achieving multiple orgasms, something that men can't accomplish. A woman can equally enjoy sex, provided her man knows his way around in bed.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 5: The gender of the baby born will depend on the mother

This is not true, as the gender of the baby will depend on the father and the chromosome that comes through from him. There are two chromosomes (chromosome X and chromosome Y) involved in this process, and a combination of these chromosomes will determine the gender of the baby.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 6: Genitals are dirty and should never be touched

Genitals are like any other organ in the human body, except for the importance (both positive and negative) given to them in everyday life.

Some myths label genitals as unhygienic, and organs that shouldn't be touched, even for washing purposes. Anything that's not been washed in a long time is sure to breed infections, and this applies to the genital region too.

You should wash your genitals well every time you bathe.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 7: Women become pregnant during their first intercourse

There's no definitive way through which a woman's pregnancy can be predicted. All women don't conceive the first time they have sex, as they should have unprotected sex at the right time of the month for pregnancy to occur.

This is usually when the woman is most fertile, and when the ovum is released.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 8: Having sex during menstruation is harmful

Having sex during your periods won't harm you in anyway, and this is a purely personal decision. In fact, studies have shown that women are well lubricated during this time and sex is more enjoyable.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

Myth 9: Pregnant women should not indulge in sewing

This is supposed to give the unborn baby a cleft lip, and it's far from true. Pregnant women should avoid all strenuous activities, but sewing is not one of them.

Top 10 myths of teenage sex busted

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Myth 10: Women like men with bigger sex organs

The size of a man's penis has nothing to do with how women view him, as a woman's vagina can accommodate penises of any size, regardless of how long they are. Don't let yourself down if your sex organ is not as big as anybody else.