"It's just a yeast infection, so you can call in a prescription"
"Treating problems over the phone, even ones that may seem as minor as a yeast infection, is rarely a good idea. There are other common vaginitis problems that can seem very similar but are vastly different in the way we treat them. Yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis share common symptoms of discharge, irritation, itching, and burning. I've even found herpes in patients who were sure it was 'just a yeast infection.' Most gynecologists and other women’s health care providers will squeeze you in for a quick visit to make sure you get the right treatment." Steven A. Rabin, MD
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"If I want to have a baby I should have sex when I'm ovulating!"
"Most women think, incorrectly, that intercourse should be timed after ovulation. But to maximize your chances of conception you should be having sex right before you ovulate." Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine
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"Standing on my head will increase my chance of getting pregnant"
"I have had many women think that they can increase their chances of conceiving by standing on their head or elevating their legs after intercourse. But sperm are highly motile and standing on your head, or any other positions post-intercourse, will do nothing to improve the chances of pregnancy." Linda Girgis, MD
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"Birth control pills will make me fat"
"It's a very common belief that birth control pills cause weight gain or will give you cancer. However, studies comparing large groups of women who take and do not take birth control have shown no difference in weight gain. Also, when taken for long periods of time, birth control pills have shown to decrease ovarian and endometrial cancers by 50 percent." Richard K. Krauss, MD, chair of gynecology department at Aria Health
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"My mom had no problem getting pregnant at 40, so I can wait"
"While it is true that age of menopause can be a heritable trait, conceiving in your late 30s and 40s is a challenge, no matter your genetics. A 25-year-old woman at the peak of her fertility in life has a 15-20 percent chance of achieving a pregnancy per month. By age 40, this number drops to less than 5 percent per month. While there are no blood tests to directly check for egg quality, we know, through testing thousands of embryos through IVF, that after age 40 around 85 to 90 percent of a woman’s embryos will be genetically abnormal. The answer is, don’t wait! If you are focusing on your career or have not met the right partner, consider a method of fertility preservation such as egg freezing." Anate Aelion Brauer, MD, attending physician at Greenwich Hospital and NYU Medical Center and an assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine
"Breast cancer is the most common killer of women"
"Many women think that breast cancer is the most common cause of death of women over the age of 40. But the facts show that cardiovascular disease causes four times more deaths in women over the age of 40, far more than all kinds of cancer combined." Richard K. Krauss, MD
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"It takes three months after stopping birth control to be fertile"
"Despite this popular myth, as soon as a woman is not using a contraceptive method, she is fertile. It can take up to one year to conceive but as far as the pill is concerned, a woman is fertile as soon as she stops taking it." Veronica Gillispie, MD, obstetrics and gynecology department at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
"The pull-n-pray method works"
"Withdrawal is not an effective method of birth control. The reality is that there are sperm in the pre-ejaculate and all it takes is one sperm to become pregnant!" Diana Ramos, MD, ob-gyn, co-chair of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative
"IUDs are dangerous"
"Intrauterine devices [a device implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy, most commonly the Mirena or Paraguard] get a bad rap as being dangerous. The truth is modern IUDs are the safest and most effective form of temporary birth control methods that we have. Progesterone containing IUDs, like the Mirena, also can actually reduce pain and bleeding with a woman’s menstrual period." Richard K. Krauss, MD
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"Once I'm done having children, I no longer need to see my ob-gyn"
"Just because you are finished having children doesn’t mean that you should skip your gynecologist visit. He or she will still want to discuss your overall health like your blood pressure, weight, family planning, and any other health screenings you may need, such as for STIs, cervical cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer." Cherrell Triplett, MD, an ob-gyn at Southside OBGYN in Indianapolis and clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine