In today’s scenario, women go online to find health related information. Though there are many sources to get information online, only few provide you the reliable information. Some sources say one thing while others say something about a particular health issue. This will make it difficult for you to determine the facts and myths. At last, you will be in a state of confusion. So, if you would like to find out the facts behind popular myths, the following information can help you out:
Myth 1: Women can’t get pregnant during periods
Fact: Though a women undergoing periods is unlikely to get pregnant, there are slight chances of pregnancy. When a sperm enters a woman, it can wait for an egg for a week. Hence it has sufficient time to ovulate, it can ovulate soon after or it can ovulate during periods.
Myth 2: As women age, they lose interest in sex
Fact: Sexual desire is affected by various factors like antidepressants, medications for blood pressure and heart diseases etc. It can also be affected due to menopause when a woman undergoes changes in sex hormones-progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. These hormonal changes can cause vaginal dryness, and pain. Such problems can be cured by vaginal lubricants. Also women can use local estrogen in limited quantities to boost their sexual lives.
Myth 3: If a doctor suggests hysterectomy, women should go for it
Fact: It is advisable to get a second opinion on hysterectomy unless it’s an emergency. 10% of hysterectomies are performed to treat cancer whereas 90% of them are performed to treat bleeding, fibroids etc. These problems can be cured without a hysterectomy. Check with other doctors to know if you are suitable for minimally invasive options.
Myth 5: You have to tolerate hot flashes
Fact: Hot flashes, vaginal dryness etc are some of the symptoms of menopause. These can be treated by hormonal therapy, changes in diet, supplements and acupuncture.
Myth 6: Eight hours of sleep is sufficient
Fact: A study from the Duke University found out that women who slept for five or less hours were two times more likely to develop hypertension than women who slept for seven or more hours. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease.
Myth 7: Women in 40’s who are perimenopausal can’t get pregnant
Fact: A woman can get pregnant even if her periods are irregular at perimenopause stage. It is advisable to use birth control during sex even at this point of time. Consult your doctor to know the effective, convenient birth control methods available. Hysteroscopic sterilization is a newer method that offers permanent birth control. It doesn’t require general anaesthesia and incision. It just takes 20 to 30 minutes and allows the woman to resume activities the following day.
Now that you know the facts regarding the general myths, take good care of your health. For more information, consult a gynaecologist online at eVaidya now!
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