Think you know all there is to know about sex? Many so-called truths get flung around about what goes on between the sheets, so SHD has put together a myth-busting guide of sexual fallacies you need know about so you don't get caught out!
Myth: Condoms take the enjoyment out of sex
Fact: It's a common misconception that condoms numb away sexual sensation and remove all intimacy from the experience. If you are finding that it's causing the fun to be removed from your love life, the chances are you're using the wrong size condom. How many times have you actually looked at the sizing specification for your favourite brand? SHD Medical make it easy by providing a handy size guide for all our condoms so you can get the perfect fit, first time.
Myth: Sex gets worse as you get older
Fact: It would make sense that sex is more energetic and enjoyable when you're younger, but contrary to what you might think, the older you get the more you really start to enjoy it. Becoming more relaxed, sure of yourself and comfortable in your own skin comes with age and will lead to a more fulfilling experience for you and your partner.
Myth: Bigger = better
Fact: It's a contentious question and hotly debated by just about everyone, but the amount of sexual pleasure a woman receives is not always determined by penis size - in fact it's really down to personal preference. It's important to note that the most sensitive areas of the vagina are mostly located on the outside the body and within the first few inches on the inside and a satisfying sexual experience intersects somewhere between the physical act and the emotional connection. Everyone is different, and tastes vary widely depending on personal experience and taste - there's no "one size fits all" answer to this one.
Myth: Couples can get stuck together during sex
Fact: It sounds like a hoax but "Penis Captivus" is a legitimate, if rare, medical emergency. Meaning "captured" in Latin, Penis Captivus occurs when the vaginal muscles contract and push down on the penis more firmly than normal, making penis withdrawal impossible. There has been case material published in medical papers such as the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that give validity to the term, documenting couples that have become physically stuck together.
Myth: You can guess a man's penis size by looking at his shoes
Fact: You've probably heard this old saying before, but there is in fact no correlation between a man's shoe size and penis length. There have been other studies on the relationship between finger length and penis size but the results are generally acknowledged as being inconclusive.
Myth: : You can't get pregnant during your period
Fact: The closer you get to the end of your menstrual cycle, chances are you can get pregnant. It's important to note that if you're engaging in unprotected sex, STIs and infections are risks you need to consider.
Myth: Condoms protect you against all sexually transmitted diseases
Fact: When used correctly, condoms are incredibly important in protecting against and reducing the proliferation of HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts hepatitis B and syphilis. Although condoms act as an effective barrier, they cannot protect against all skin-to-skin contact that occurs during intercourse - pubic lice and herpes can still be a risk for example. You can catch an STI through vaginal, oral and anal sex so the appropriate protection and precautions need to be taken when you're with a new partner.