October 20, 2020

These are Myths Regarding Adolescent Reproductive Health

For most teenagers, the topic of reproductive health is a mystery. The reason, maybe they are reluctant to ask their parents or doctors. Or, they may be misled by mythical information that comes from an inaccurate person.

Naturally, teenagers want to know many things, especially regarding reproductive health. However, a problem that happened about is the number of myths that are believed, so carried over until he was an adult. The myths that are accepted by teenagers are generally immediately absorbed without confirming it to those who know better. These are the myths related to adolescent reproductive health that should not be believed:

In fact, the vagina can clean itself. Action it causes more harm than good. The natural bacteria found in the vagina can help keep it clean and healthy. While can upset that balance and spread vaginal infections to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries.

Regular washing with warm water and a mild, unscented soap will help keep the outside of the vagina clean. Try to avoid tampons or pads that contain perfume as they increase the chance of vaginal infections.

Gardasil and Cervarix are cervical cancer vaccines that can block two types (HPV) which often causes cervical cancer. Gardasil also protects against the two types that cause most genital warts. So, it is important for all women (both teenagers and adults), who have had the injection or not, to continue having the test regularly.

Previous examination recommended for women who have sexual intercourse for the first time or at the age of 18 years. But now, check it is not recommended until a woman has been sexually active for three years, or until they turn 21.

Sexually transmitted diseases or infections cannot live outside the body for long periods of time. Especially on cold, hard surfaces like toilet seats. Viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections do not live in the urine. So, the possibility of catching a sexually transmitted infection from the toilet seat is a myth.

However, the thing to worry about is skin-to-skin or mouth-to-mouth contact. For example, kissing can spread herpes (and deeper kisses can even spread oral gonorrhea and chlamydia). While rubbing skin can transmit infections such as genital warts, herpes, scabies, and pubic lice.

In fact, even though it is the first time a woman has sexual intercourse, she is still at risk for pregnancy. Pregnancy is not related to how often a person has sex, but it is about the meeting of a sperm cell with an egg that can produce fertilization.

That is what needs to be known about the myths and truths regarding reproductive health in adolescents. After this, parents and adolescents must be more careful and thorough in conveying information about adolescent reproductive health.