“We’ve been checked for STIs so we don’t need condoms”
“Even if your partner goes to his/her doctor to get an STI check and gets a clean bill of health, there are still illnesses that can be passed through sexual activity, like HPV and herpes, that are difficult to find during a routine checkup as they can hide on a man’s penis or in a woman’s vagina. You wouldn’t know you had them unless there is an active wart or lesion. Condoms are still the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections even if your new partner tests negative for STIs during their pre-sex health care checkup.” Sherry Ross, MD, an ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California
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“I can’t eat spicy food on my period”
“Because the food we eat plays such a vital role in every aspect of our lives, it is often thought to influence several bodily functions and organ systems including the menstrual cycle. Some women think that eating certain foods can alter or hasten the end of their period. But the truth is that menstrual cycles are controlled by hormones. The effect of eating spicy (or any other) food is likely mental rather than physiological.” David G. Diaz, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California
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“Drinking human breast milk has health benefits for adults”
“The benefits of breast milk are immense—for babies. But I once had a patient who showed up in the emergency room with a severe headache despite ‘hydrating myself with my own breast milk.’ The patient was swallowing her own breast milk and not getting any extra fluid from the outside—she was only recycling her own bodily fluids! Really the only person who should be drinking breast milk is the infant.” Gerardo Bustillo, ob-gyn at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California