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Sex and Sexual Health: What You Need To Know

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding sex and sexual health. It isn’t entirely surprising because when you think of it, sexual health is one of the most awkward topics to talk about, especially for Africans.

Tani Soneye

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding sex and sexual health. Whether it’s something you picked up on a blog you read recently or a cock and bull story you heard back at school, believing false facts about sexual health can be detrimental. 

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It isn’t entirely surprising because when you think of it, sexual health is one of the most awkward topics to talk about, especially for Africans.

A study done in 2015 showed that 96% of men and women said they didn’t receive any formal education on sex and sexual health. Similarly, a 2020 study showed that 65% of respondents exhibited a positive attitude towards sex education but 42% lacked appropriate knowledge about it.

Unfortunately, this unwillingness to speak about sex breeds misinformation, and as long as this happens, myths about sexual health will continue to thrive. This is why it is important to ditch the false stories, keep yourself safe and protect your overall well-being.

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On that note, here are five sexual health myths and the actual facts.


Myth 1: People with one sexual partner do not need a sexual health check

Fact: Whether you and your partner have been in a monogamous relationship for a couple of months or you’ve both been kicking it for some years, you both must have routine sexual health checks scheduled.

Routine sexual testing is considered an important part of a relationship because the partners involved are confident about their partner’s status, and won’t have to worry about using condoms. It is rarely a matter of distrust but a decision borne out of respect for one another.

In addition to that, some STIs like HIV, Hepatitis B, and Syphilis may not manifest in the body immediately. Instead, they stay dormant in the body for years, so people who don’t get regularly tested stand at risk of not treating themselves, thereby putting their health at risk.

When you and your partner get tested, you can start early treatments in cases where there are infections present. In a nutshell, you need to have a sexual health check at least once a year, regardless of how many sexual partners you have.


Myth 2: Condoms are 100% effective against pregnancy and STDs. 

Fact: There is no type of condom on earth that will 100% prevent pregnancy or contracting sexually transmitted diseases and infections. But if you and your partner are having sex, a condom is the best way to protect you both against STDs and pregnancy.

However, here’s the thing — if you use condoms perfectly every time you have sex, they will only be effective 98% of the time. This means that 2 out of 100 people who use a condom correctly will get pregnant.

The best way to make condoms work as much as possible is to use them correctly every time you want to have sex (from start to finish). With the imperfections condoms can come with, they are the best way to protect yourself if you’re sexually active.

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Myth 3: You can get STIs and STDs from the toilet seat.

Fact: A dirty toilet is extremely gross, no doubt, but it is almost impossible to get an STI from it.

All STDs and STIs are caused by organisms that can’t live outside the body’s mucous membrane, and you’re more likely to contract these diseases when you have sexual contact with people. However, one particular disease is trichomoniasis, which you can theoretically contract from a toilet seat.

This STI is transmitted through a parasite that can survive for hours on moist surfaces like toilet seats. Nevertheless, your vagina or penis would have to come directly in contact with this parasite, within a few hours of it being on the toilet seat.

As much as it is possible, it is highly unlikely. In essence, the chances that you will contract an STI or an STD from a toilet seat is a little slim to none. However, this doesn’t mean you should take your chances and use dirty toilets because you can contract other diseases that are not STIs, so it’s better to ensure that you use clean toilets at all times.


Myth 4: Women who use birth control might get infertile.

Fact: This particular myth is pretty ridiculous because birth control doesn’t have any lasting effects on the fertility levels of a woman. What they do is cause hormonal problems that can affect your menstrual cycle when you stop taking them.

In fact, women who use birth control can conceive just like women who have never used it before.

Once a woman stops taking birth control, her body goes back into ovulating normally, and her cycle would return to the way it was within three to six months. However, for some women, it might be considerably longer before their cycle returns to how it was prior to birth control.

When this happens, it may seem like the birth control that was used affected fertility but in reality, that didn’t happen.


Myth 5: Douching keeps the vagina smelling good.

Fact: Having vaginal odour is considered normal. The vagina even cleans itself, so it doesn’t necessarily need to have a rosy or perfumed scent.

However, if you notice an unusual odour or discharge, you might need to see your gynaecologist as quickly as possible. Although a lot of women say douching makes their vagina cleaner, there is no medical evidence to support this. In fact, medical experts have warned that douching has no effect on the overall health of the vagina, rather, it increases the risks of pregnancy complications, cervical cancer, vaginal infections and pelvic inflammatory diseases.

Instead of douching, simply wash the vagina with warm water and mild soap. It is that simple!

There you have it!

Knowing and understanding the facts about sex and your overall sexual health will help you make informed decisions that can improve your health.

As uncomfortable as this topic can be, always remember that you can reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

You can easily get products such as contraceptives, lubricants, libido boosters, HIV self test kits and so on here. Your body will thank you for it!



Writer: Tani Soneye
Writer: Tani Soneye

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