30 Sex Myths We Need To Stop Believing

Many of us have probably had bad, inaccurate information about sex drilled into our minds at some point in our lives — whether it came from a well-meaning but uninformed friend or somewhere in the vast abyss of the internet.

There are so many sex myths out there that it can be daunting to attempt to separate fact from fiction. Can you really get pregnant on your period? Will your birth control make you more likely to be depressed?

That's where we step in. Here at Refinery29, we're all about sex positivity — and that includes being educated about sex. After all, healthy sexual experiences begin with being able to debunk the damaging myths you've been taught to believe.

Without further ado, here are 30 myths about sex that we need to stop believing.

More from Sex & Relationships


R29 Original Series

Watch Now
A look at the subcultures around the world that colour what we wear — and why.
Watch Now
Explore the world's most vibrant cultural and culinary centres—in 60 seconds, of course.
Watch Now
The craziest trends, most unique treatments, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world.
Watch Now
Millennial survivor-woman Lucie Fink dives headfirst into social experiments, 5 days at a time.