10 women’s health myths that just won’t go away


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We don’t know why rumors start, but sometimes “conventional wisdom” is not always so accurate. Like, say, when we’re instructed at what age we should start worrying about certain areas of our health. In honor of National Women’s Health Week May 12 through 18, we set out to debunk some of these common myths to help women take control of their health.  

Only older women have to worry about bone health.

Young women should take preventive measures to protect their bone health as early in life as possible to avoid osteoporosis and other bone-related problems later in life. This includes getting enough calcium and vitamin D, engaging in regular exercise, limiting alcohol use and avoiding smoking all together. Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation   

Women reach their sexual peak at 30.

The specific age that a woman reaches her sexual peak varies individually. While women in their late 20s/early 30s may be more comfortable with their bodies than younger women, people change their sexual response through all stages of their lives. Source: Columbia Health   Heart

Heart attacks among women always involve chest pain.

Symptoms of a heart attack are different in woman than in men and don’t always include the typical chest pain. Other symptoms include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; breaking out in a cold sweat; nausea; and lightheadedness. Source: American Heart Association

A Pap smear can detect ovarian cancer.

Pap smears are not a reliable way to detect ovarian cancer. In fact, there is no standard screening test for ovarian cancer. If you experience common symptoms — like bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and urinary urgency — or have a family history, your doctor will test your blood and administer a transvaginal ultrasound. Sources: Mayo Clinic, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance