Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Let’s Talk About Sex, Accurately

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sorry kids, if you want to learn about the birds and the bees, don’t rely on the Internet.

Adolescent medicine specialist Sophia Yen, of Packard Children’s in California, recently found that some of today’s leading websites are spreading myths about teen sexual health.

Yen says popular sites like Wikipedia.com and Mayoclinic.com are failing to provide teens with accurate, complete information about sexual health.

Teens are being given wrong facts about birth control, emergency contraception, STDs, and most shockingly, Pap smears.

Yen says Paps should only be received three years after first becoming sexually active or at age 21.

She says many sites get this sexual myth wrong and suggest getting Paps way too often, which neither the doctor or patient enjoy.

Yen also says 60 percent of sites claim taking birth control causes weight gain, despite modern research that proves otherwise.

She suggests sticking with academic medical centers’ sites for sex advice, the most reliable being goaskalice.columbia.edu and youngwomenshealth.org.

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