8 Debunked Myths and Misconceptions About Gynecology

Gynecology tends to one of the most favorable fields for various myths. However, it is important to understand the difference between complete misconceptions and facts. You should know that false information can cause affect your health and lead to serious consequences. That’s why we gathered eight debunked myths and misconceptions about gynecology.

1. Birth control pills cause weight gain and even cancer

There are many convincing researches that show that taking birth control pills doesn’t cause weight gain. Some studies show that only 10-15% of women that take birth control pills gained weight. However, the number of women that gained weight and didn’t take pills is higher. Moreover, you should know that taking birth control pills reduces the development of ovarian and endometrial diseases by 50%.

2. Long-term use of birth control pills leads to infertility

The reality is that birth control pills can be used not only for contraception. The doctor can prescribe hormonal contraception in order to treat some diseases. Moreover, most woman that stop taking birth control get pregnant within a few months. Hormonal medications are usually excreted from the body within 24-48 hours. However, if the woman was not able to conceive before pills, it doesn’t mean that she will get pregnant after the course.

3. Pull out method of contraception protects against pregnancy

There is a popular belief that interrupted sexual intercourse can’t lead to pregnancy. But the reality is that this method of contraception is not effective because there is a small amount of sperm in the pre-ejaculate. Moreover, it can’t protect you against HIV, HPV, and STIs.

4. You shouldn’t worry about painful menstruation

Severe pain during menstruation can’t be considered normal. In most cases, it manifests certain gynecological diseases like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PID, etc. If you suffer from painful cramps that are accompanied by heavy blood flow, it is better to visit your gynecologist. Timely and proper treatment will ease your painful sensations.

5. Pregnant women shouldn’t exercise

A pregnant woman can exercise from the first trimester of pregnancy is there are no restrictions or risks. Regular exercises reduce stress, have a positive effect on mood, give strength, and help control weight during pregnancy. There are a lot of activities for pregnant women such as swimming, aqua aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. However, your trainer should be informed about your pregnancy. 

6. Human papillomavirus can be treated with antiviral drugs

Human papillomavirus is an infection that is transmitted between people through skin-to-skin contact. Despite the fact that it is a virus, it can’t be treated at all. However, in some people with high immunity, it can eliminate by itself.

7. Yeast infection can be transmitted only sexually 

Yeast infection is caused by fungi Candida that belong to opportunistic microorganisms and are typically present in the body of every adult woman. However, it doesn’t mean that every woman experience symptoms if this infection. It can be triggered by many factors like a decrease in immunity, the use of certain drugs, diseases of the female genital organs, diabetes mellitus, common stress, etc.

8. The ovarian cyst should be removed 

There are many different types of ovarian cysts but most of them usually disappear independently without any intervention. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit your doctor in order to observe them. The reality is that the diagnosis of ovarian cysts is always serious and requires constant examination. If the cyst doesn’t disappear on its own over time, your doctor should prescribe you treatment or recommend surgical intervention.  This is especially true for women of the late reproductive age because ovarian cyst could hide the development of cancer.

Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.