10 Myths About Sex That Need Debunking

Added by Johanna on May 26, 2014

All women should get a pap smear when they turn 18 years old

No. This used to be the recommendation, but recently the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend a woman having her first pap smear until after they have been sexually active for about three years or when they turn 21. The three year rule has to die with cases of human papillomavirus (HPV). Most cases of HPV clear up within three years.  The ones that don't will be caught on the Pap smear and the doctor will be able to monitor it. The ones that are caught on a pap smear could lead to cervical cancer.


If you take the "morning after" pill, you are aborting your child

No. The "morning after" pill is something completely different than the pill doctors use to cause terminated pregnancy. If you are already pregnant and take the "morning after" pill, you'll still be pregnant. The "morning after" pill is not an abortive agent. It's just an emergency contraceptive that keeps an egg from being fertilized. 

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