You have probably heard about a lot of different sex myths during your more active days. For instance, you are discouraged from masturbating because you will go blind. Or perhaps, you shouldn’t engage in sex too often, otherwise, you will suffer from premature ejaculation

The truth is that there are a lot of beliefs and misconceptions that surround the topic of sex, which is why in this article, I will talk about the most popular ones that you should stop believing right away.

1. Tearing the Hymen is a Gauge of Virginity

This is a pretty old belief that still prevails to this day. According to this myth, you will know if the woman is still a virgin or not when you have intercourse with her and her vagina “bleeds”.

Well, that bleeding is actually caused by some tears in her Hymen due to penile thrusting. However, this is not a good gauge at all because not all hymens are created equal.

You see, for the most part, the hymen (which is a membrane that surrounds the opening of the vagina) doesn’t have a definite shape. On average, the hymen just covers around ¾ of the vagina, which just makes complete sense considering that it is important for them to have a large enough opening for vaginal discharge during menstruation.

There are even some cases where women are not born with a hymen and there are some that have their hymen completely cover their vagina.

Therefore, it is not a good gauge if the woman is a virgin or not just by ‘popping her cherry’.

2. Period Sex is Safe

A lot of couples engage in unprotected sex because they know about “period sex” or having sexual intercourse based on the ‘time of the month’ or menstruation in women.

You see, this is not a good way to not get pregnant. That is due to the fact that women have different menstrual cycles.

In theory, their cycle completes for a total of 28 days and they are at their most fertile state within 12-16 days before the start of their next menstruation cycle.

That means that you roughly have 3-5 days to have ‘safe sex’, but again, not all women have the same cycles. So technically, it is not really 100% safe.

3. Vaginal Sex Always Leads to Orgasm

This idea stems from porn videos, but this is not really the case. Although vaginal sex is required to help reach orgasm, it is actually a clitoral stimulation that takes the bulk of the cake.

That is why if you are going to have sex with your partner, do not forget to play with her clit to help her orgasm much faster.

4. Masturbation is Wrong

Well, in some cultures, maybe, but Masturbation in and of itself is not bad at all. In fact, it has been proven by countless medical studies that the act can actually bring a lot of health benefits, including easing menstrual cramps in women and releasing tension.

5. Sex May Hamper Peak Athletic Performance

Sex, in itself, does not affect athletic performance, at least, according to a study. However, what may cause a difference would be the anxiety that the athlete may feel, especially before the main event.