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Did you hear about the friend-of-a-friend who got pregnant after swimming in a pool with men? Although this is such a common myth that it even created a plot point on Glee, there is no proof that swimming around dudes will get you knocked up. In fact, it is just one of the many women’s health myths swirling around the Internet today.
Sure, some of these folklores are hilarious. Perusing the “Medical Myths” section of Snopes will turn up stories that claim drinking cold water will give you cancer, or that psychopaths can be detected with a single question. Thankfully, both of these stories have been debunked. Enjoy your ice water worry-free.
Though these urban legends might make you chuckle, the spread of medical misinformation is a serious problem. As far as your health is concerned, you want to know the truth – the kind of truth supported by scientific studies and peer-reviewed journals. Sure, some old wives’ tales about health are actually proven truthful, but there is still plenty of misinformation floating around the Internet and (possibly) your social circles.
When it comes to widespread misunderstandings about women’s wellbeing, such stories can be harmful, or even deadly. And in the information age, nobody has time for that. So here is a quick rundown of common myths about women’s health, carefully busted for your convenience.